Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway met with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council in Brussels in January 2015. 
Photo: Juha Roininen, EUP Images/SMK.Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway met with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council in Brussels in January 2015. Photo: Juha Roininen, EUP Images/SMK

Norway and the EU enjoy good and close relations, although Norway is not a member of the European Union. The Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) is the mainstay of our cooperation, and it ensures that Norway takes part in the EU internal market. We are also part of the Schengen Agreement and cooperate with the EU on foreign and security policy issues.

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From the press conferenve in Oslo 4 February 2015. 
Photo: SMK.

The Norwegian government suggests that Norway by 2030 reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 per cent compared to the 1990 level. The Norwegian government aims for Norway to join the EU 2030 framework for climate policies in order for Norway and the EU to jointly fulfil their climate targets.

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State Secretary Stub speaking at the National Library, second day of the NGO Forum. 
Photo: Norwegian Embassy in Riga.

- We need NGOs that can raise the voice of the general public and of vulnerable groups, and ensure that it is heard. That is why we attach importance to continuing our support to civil society, said State Secretarys Ingvild Næss Stub said in her keynote speech at the NGO Forum Riga 2015.

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The Mayor of Athens Kaminis and Ambassador Larsen at the press conference March 18. Free health care, food vouchers, assistance when applying for jobs, legal aid and day care for children are some of the services offered at the Solidarity centre located close to the central station in Athens.
Photo: Christian Grotnes Halvorsen.

Around 37 000 people will receive help from the new Solidarity Centre in Athens for people affected by the economic crisis. The centre was officially inaugurated on March 18, and is financed by Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants.

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Project partners: Terje Samuelsen, Vice President in the Norwegian Transport Workers Federation and Jüri Lember, President of the Estonian Seamen’s Independent Union. Photo: Christophe Vander Eecken. 
Photo: Christophe Vander Eecken.

New collective agreements and better health and safety standards are some of the results that have been achieved in 13 Central European countries through the Global Fund for Decent Work and Tripartite Dialogue under the Norway Grants.

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Photo: Foto: Thomas Haugersveen/.

‘By ordering the police raid on 8 September, it is clear that the Hungarian authorities are continuing their harassment of civil society organisations, and that they have no intention of fulfilling their obligations under the agreements Hungary has entered into on the management of the EEA and Norway Grants,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen.

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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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lien pa kontoret. 
Photo: OED/Scanpix.

The European Commission today presented a communication on a European energy union. The aim is to ensure secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy for citizens and businesses.

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Vidar Helgesen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, briefing an audience at Norway House. 
Photo: Mission of Norway to the EU.

- When we make choices about the future of Europe, it is worth considering what political forces will see themselves served by a weaker Europe and a weaker EU. British leadership is needed to help Europe counter such forces and emerge stronger, more free and more prosperous, said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen in his speech at British Influence in London.

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Photo: Børge Brendebekk/ Byhands.

Around 1400 participants from over thirty nations are gearing up for Arctic Frontiers 2015. The conference takes place from January 18th-23rd and is the most significant conference for Arctic issues in Norway. This year’s theme is climate and energy.

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In response to Russia’s continued violation of international law in Ukraine, the EU introduced new restrictive measures against Russia on 12 September. As previously indicated, the Government will align itself with these measures.

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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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Photo: FMO/EEA and Norway Grants.

The EEA and Norway Grants are Norway’s contribution to reducing economic and social disparities within the European Economic Area (EEA). Our funding also provide a unique opportunity to promote cooperation and partnerships between Norway and the sixteen beneficiary states in Central and Southern Europe.

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