Photo: FMO/EEA and Norway Grants.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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The Norwegian Government submitted 12 October 2012 a white paper to the Storting on the EEA Agreement and Norway’s other agreements with the EU. The white paper is now available in English.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre receives the report from chair of the EEA Review Committe Fredrik Sejersted. 
Photo: Marta B. Haga, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The committee appointed to review the consequences of the EEA Agreement and Norway’s other agreements with the EU presented its report 17 January 2012.

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The EEA Agreement extends the EU Internal Market to three EFTA countries, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The institutional structure under the EEA Agreement is conceived as two pillars with certain joint EU-EFTA bodies for decision shaping, decision making and dispute settlement.

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“The Government intends to manage Norway’s current agreements with the EU well, and will make active use of the opportunities provided by these agreements to promote Norway’s interests,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide.

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The Agreement on the European Economic Area – the EEA Agreement – is the cornerstone of the relations between Norway and the European Union. The EEA extends the Internal Market, with its so-called four freedoms (free movement of goods, capital, services and persons), to Norway and the two other EEA EFTA countries; Iceland and Liechtenstein. You will find a link to the actual agreement on this

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Through the EEA Enlargement Agreement, Norway and the two other EEA EFTA States are associated with EU enlargement. The EEA Enlargement Agreement ensures the participation of the twelve EU Accession States in the EEA and provides for Financial Mechanisms through which the three EEA EFTA States jointly and Norway bilaterally are contributing substantially to reducing social and economic...

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