European policy

Published under: Solberg's Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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.

EØS- og EU-minister Frank Bakke-Jensen.

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.

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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 28 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).


Ambassador Helen Campbell at the EU delegation in Oslo gathered 25 EU-ambassadors to a meeting with Bakke-Jensen. They discussed topics as the cooperation between Norway/EEA and EU, trade and energy, brexit and Nordic  cooperation. Photo: Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde, MFA

Speech to the EU ambassadors

Minister of EEA and EU affairs, Frank Bakke Jensen's, met with the EU ambassadors in Oslo 21 February – invited by Hele Campbell from the EU delegation. The minister gave a speech and had an excellent opportunity for direct contact with the ambassadors.

Norway and Malta sign new agreements

Norway and Malta have signed new agreements on Norway's contribution to social inclusion and poverty reduction. Refugees and migrants will be an important target group.

The world's most integrated region: The Nordic countries

'We are taking over the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers at a time when the world is rapidly changing. Strategic Nordic cooperation is essential, and benefits all the Nordic countries,' said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs and Minister for Nordic Cooperation Frank Bakke-Jensen, who launched Norway's Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in January.

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Norway in Europe

The Government's work programme for cooperation with the EU in 2017.

Norway in Europe

The Norwegian Government's Strategy for Cooperation with the EU 2014-2017

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Norway and the EU - Partners for Europe

This brochure will tell you more about the areas in which Norway and the EU cooperate, and the extent of our cooperation.