Photo: EU- delgasjonen.Photo: EU- delgasjonen

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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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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The Pata Rata rubbish dump outside the city of Cluj in Romania will close in 2015 . 
Photo: Jens Petter Søraa, Adresseavisen.

An additional EUR 20 million of the Norway Grants is to be used to fight poverty in Romania, with particular focus on regions with a large number of Roma people.

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Photo: Robertas Dackus.

On October 27, top government representatives from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, the USA and other countries gathered in the Lithuanian port city of Klaipėda to inaugurate the first Liquefied Natural Gas terminal in the Baltic and Nordic region.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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