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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Researchers from the University of Wroclaw and Oslo University Hospital are searching for new and improved cancer therapies
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Photo: Christophe Vander Eecken.

‘Europe is lagging behind its global competitors. Through the EEA and Norway Grants, we are helping to stimulate job creation in Europe through innovation, research and education. Norwegian researchers and companies are also involved in many of the projects,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen.

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Photo: Christian Houge.

On 15 June, the Mission of Norway to the EU in cooperation with the Research Council of Norway, the Norwegian Space Centre and the North Norway European Office is organized the seminar "The Arctic as the New Knowledge Frontier - Key Needs in Research and Space Related Technologies".

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The Ministry of Justice and Public Security, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation, has decided to charter the vessel

‘The Government is strengthening the Norwegian efforts in the Mediterranean by sending the vessel Siem Pilot and personnel to participate in Joint Operation Triton,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. The vessel is to sail from Norway by the end of May.

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Photo: Albert González Farran.

Norway is hosting a global summit on education for development on 6–7 July. The aim of the summit is to boost global efforts in the field of education, with a view to reaching the UN’s new set of development goals.

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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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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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Through the EEA and Norway Grants, Norway will use around EUR 1.6 million to fund the day-to-day running of the reception centre on the island of Lesvos for a one-year period. 
Photo: Christian Grotnes Halvorsen, NMFA.

The authorities in Greece and Norway have agreed to use funding from the EEA and Norway Grants to set up a new reception centre on the island of Lesvos, as part of Norway's contribution to alleviating the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

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The NGO programme in Hungary that is funded by Norway under the EEA and Norway Grants scheme is being run effectively and in line with the legal framework, according to an audit by the firm PKF Littlejohn.

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Norway has submitted its 2030 climate target of at least 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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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: Hanne Iglebæk Christensen.

Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian Minister for European Economic Area and EU Affairs, visited the Athens Solidarity Center for people affected by the economic crisis. The center is partly financed by Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants.

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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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