Photo: DOI - Reuben Piscopo.Photo: DOI - Reuben Piscopo

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.

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Photo: Simon K. Jóhannsson, Mission of Norway to the EU.

Norway’s EEA and EU Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen discussed the EEA Agreement, Brexit and research on his first trip abroad as Minister, 17 – 18 January.

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Since January 1, 2017, Norway holds the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Read more about Norway’s priorities, including for the Nordic region in Europe.

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State secretary, Bjørn Haugstad, at the launch of NorCore Office, 8 December. 
Photo: Lars Eivind Måseide.

The Norwegian Contact Office for Research, Innovation and Education (NorCore) was launched in Brussels on 8 December. The new office is established as a cooperation between the Norwegian Research Council, Innovation Norway and The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education. The overall goal is to strengthen Norway’s participation in European research and education programmes.

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Photo: Alberto Grohovaz / Arctic Frontiers 2017.

'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 today.

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‘Norway condemns the terrorist attack in Berlin in the strongest possible terms. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Germany in the fight against terrorism. We will never let terrorists destroy our democratic values and our freedom,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Norway and Bulgaria have signed agreements on a number of new programmes under the EEA and Norway Grants. Justice and migration, the business sector, energy and enhanced Roma inclusion are priority areas for cooperation.

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