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.
The EU is Norway’s most important trading partner, and EU policy has an impact on many sectors of Norwegian society.
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.
These pages provide information on Norway's contribution to reducing social and economic disparities within the European Economic Area (EEA).
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 have signed new agreements on Norway's contribution to social inclusion and poverty reduction. Refugees and migrants will be an important target group.
'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.