Norway House, staff meeting. 
Photo: Simon Johannsson.Norway House, staff meeting. Photo: Simon Johannsson

Recently appointed Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Elisabeth Aspaker, on 26-27 January visited the capital of the EU to get more insight into how Norwegian stakeholders and the EEA EFTA institutions are working to maintain the broad collaboration between Norway and the EU.

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Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway met with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council in Brussels in January 2015. 
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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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The Norwegian Government’s proposed fiscal budget for 2016 was presented on October 7. The government aims to increase spendings to support Ukraine and in humanitarian aid, and will continue to give high priority to Norway’s interests and responsibilities in the Arctic.

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The Ministry of Justice and Public Security has instructed the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) to reject applications from asylum seekers arriving in Norway after having resided in Russia, without considering individual cases in depth.

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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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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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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching a new strategy today for efforts to promote freedom of expression. ‘Freedom of expression and independent media are under growing pressure. Norway is therefore strengthening its international work in this field,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Thursday 26 November, the Norwegian government introduced temporary border controls, to prevent people without the required travel documents from entering the country.

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The Government is prepared to make a major contribution to a joint and intensified European effort to improve systems for receiving refugees and asylum-seekers in the years ahead. ‘We will offer to provide funding for asylum and migration projects in countries that receive support through the EEA and Norway Grants, if they are willing to contribute to the work of receiving refugees and...

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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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