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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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Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft and Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien. Photo: Mission of Norway to the EU

The upcoming EU decisions on a framework for the climate and energy policies towards 2030 and on the Energy Security Strategy, come at a crucial point in time. Intensified efforts to mitigate climate change, to increase energy security and to enhance competitiveness, come together.

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Photo: Stian Mathisen/NorwayEU.

On Thursday, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mr. Tord Lien, participated in the joint EU/Norway conference on "A reinforced energy partnership between Norway and the EU" in Brussels. He also had a meeting with EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger in the framework of the EU-Norway Energy Dialogue.

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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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State secretary, Vidar Brein-Karlsen, receives the report from Ingeborg Rasmussen, Vista Analyse. 
Photo: JD.

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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Ambassador of Norway to the EU Atle Leikvoll. 
Photo: Mission of Norway to the EU.

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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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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Tord Lien, Minister of Petroleum and Energy. 
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The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has today granted Statnett licenses for two new electricity interconnectors, one to Germany and one to the United Kingdom. In total, this will increase Norway’s interconnection capacity with near 50 percent. Statnett plans commissioning of the cable to Germany in 2018, while the cable to the UK is planned commissioned in 2020.

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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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‘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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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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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.

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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