European policy

It is in Norway’s national interest to cooperate closely with the EU and to participate actively in the ongoing political processes in Europe. In order to successfully influence important decisions, Norway must be more clear and assertive, and more active in the early stages of debate on issues of European policy.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and President of the European Council Donald Tusk

Norway’s relations with Europe

The EU is Norway’s most important trading partner, and EU policy has an impact on many sectors of Norwegian society.

The EU/EEA area - without UK. Credit: MFA

The European Economic Area Agreement

The Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) is the cornerstone of relations between Norway and the EU. It brings together the 27 EU member states and the three EEA Efta states Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in the internal market governed by the same basic rules.

EØS-midlene er Norges bidrag til å utjevne sosiale og økonomiske forskjeller i Europa. Foto: Christophe van der Eecken

EEA and Norway Grants

These pages provide information on Norway's contribution to reducing social and economic disparities within the European Economic Area (EEA).

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Norway strengthening cooperation with Greece

Norway and Greece have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on funding totalling EUR 116.7 million under the EEA and Norway Grants. Job creation and business development will be a new and important priority area. The agreement also builds on experience gained in the field of asylum and migration.

Group of Polish youth arm in arm.

Huge interest in boosting youth employment

More than 300 project proposals were submitted to the new EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment by the deadline in August. The objective of the fund is to support innovative pilot projects to help young people gain a foothold in the labour market.