Article | Last updated: 2016-08-10 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Mission of Norway to the European Union plays an essential role in the development and implementation of Norway’s policy on Europe. The Mission is also an important centre of expertise on EU and EEA affairs for the Norwegian public administration.
All Norwegian ministries are represented at the Mission, reflecting the broad scope of Norway’s relations with the EU. The Mission has a staff of around 60, of which two thirds are diplomats.
Some of the Mission’s main tasks are to:
- Represent the Norwegian Government in Brussels and promote the Government’s policies and positions vis-à-vis the European Union
- Identify at the earliest stage possible issues related to the EEA and Schengen cooperation that are of political or economic importance to Norway
- Safeguard Norwegian interests in negotiations with the European Commission, the European External Action Service and the Council of the European Union in areas covered by the EEA and Schengen agreements
- Work closely with the EU institutions on the further development of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy
- Increase awareness of Norway’s close ties with the EU, in particular our participation in the internal market.
The Mission receives over 7 000 visitors annually, ranging from school classes and student groups to business delegations and parliamentary committees. Each year the Mission holds a broad range of seminars and conferences at Norway House, often in cooperation with the EU institutions or think tanks in Brussels.
To learn more about The Mission of Norway to the EU, please visit the official website: http://www.eu-norway.org/mission/