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).


EØS- og EU-minister Elisabeth Aspaker under sin redegjørelse for Stortinget. Foto: Fra

Address to the Storting on important EU and EEA matters

Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker's biannual address to the Storting on important EU and EEA matters - 19 May 2016.

Norway and the EU single market

‘Norway has longstanding and close ties with the EU. We cooperate on a broad range of policy areas through a number of agreements. The EEA Agreement is the mainstay of Norway’s European policy,' said Minister for EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker.

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Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe

'In the coming years, the EEA and Norway Grants will primarily be used to promote innovation and growth in Europe through cooperation between Norway and the beneficiary countries,' said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker.

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