EEA

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Norway adopts most of the EU environmental policies and legislation through the EEA. So far more than 250 environmental acquis have been incorporated into the EEA Agreement.

Most of European environmental policy and environmental law are the responsibility of the EU. It has also a leadership responsibility in global environmental management. Both the objective of sustainable development and the integration of environmental protection requirements into Community policies and activities are anchored legally in the Treaties and politically in the European Council.

Norway adopts EU environmental policies and legislation through the EEA. This does not include the protection of nature, such as the bird directive, the directive on habitats and Natura 2000. The legal texts on environmental matters can be found on EFTA's official homepage (Annex XX to the EEA), and on matters concerning chemicals in Annex II.

Relevant questions concerning sustainable development and environmental issues, as well as civil protection and nuclear safety, can be addressed to the
Environment Counsellor, Mission of Norway to the EU.

Activities
So far more than 250 environmental acquis have been incorporated into the EEA Agreement. Norway and Norwegian experts participate in 30- 40 expert groups and management committees under the Commission, where they have an opportunity to present Norwegian viewpoints. Norwegian experts can be contacted through the
Ministry of the Environment and the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority.

Norway participates in the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, which presents reports on the state of the environment in Europe. These reports provide important input for policymaking.

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Knut Arild Hareide, Norwegian Minister of the EnvironmentC.F. Wesenberg