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Norway and EU enjoy good and close relations, although Norway is not a member of the European Union. Norway is a part of the Internal Market through the EEA Agreement and is an assosiated member of Schengen.

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State secretary, Vidar Brein-Karlsen, receives the report from Ingeborg Rasmussen, Vista Analyse. 
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In 2009 Norway criminalised the buying of sex. An evaluation of the legislation find that the criminalisation has led to a reduced demand for the buying of sex in Norway and a reduction in the extent of prostitution.

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The Government will work at the international level to promote the removal of subsidies on fuels that are harmful to the environment, exacerbate climate change and undermine sustainable development.

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‘Education is key to reducing poverty. The Norwegian Government therefore intends to double its development assistance to education in countries affected by extreme poverty, crisis and conflict. It is particularly important for us to ensure that more girls have access to education,’ said Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

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Norway Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Photo: MFA

‘It is important that Norway, together with our European partners, sends a clear signal to the Syrian authorities that the persistent use of violence is unacceptable and must end immediately. Norway will therefore align itself with the EU’s new restrictive measures against Syria,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Norway and Hungary have still not reached an agreement on lifting of the suspension of the EEA and Norway Grants to the country.

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Norway’s financial contributions include funding to reduce disparities in Europe and contributions to the budget of EU programmes and agencies we participate in.

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Foreign Minister Børge Brende. 
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The Government on 15 August adopted new restrictive measures against Russia, in line with the decision announced on 11 August. The new regulations were adopted today by the King in Council, and enter into force immediately.

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Ambassador of Norway to the EU Atle Leikvoll. 
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As a major exporter of natural gas and oil to Europe, and as part of the internal energy market under the EEA Agreement, Norway supports the goal of enhanced energy security in Europe and understands the desire to strengthen policies in this area, writes Ambassador Atle Leikvoll in DG Energy’s monthly newsletter.

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Foreign Minister Børge Brende. 
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‘Norway congratulates Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia on the signing of their association agreements with the EU. These agreements will bring these countries an important step closer to European integration,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

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Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen

The Government has presented its strategy for cooperation with the EU for the period 2014 - 2017.

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The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body has today finally concluded that the EU regulation on trade in seal products is inconsistent with key provisions of WTO legislation.

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Photo: FMO/EEA and Norway Grants.

Norway contributes to reducing disparities in Central and Southern Europe through the EEA and Norway Grants. Key areas of support include environmental protection and climate change, civil society, children and health, cultural heritage, research and scholarships, decent work, and justice and home affairs.

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