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Minister of EEA and EU affairs, Elisabeth Aspaker, holding her speech at the launch event. 
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"Our vision is to work together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe", said Minister of EEA and EU affairs, Elisabeth Aspaker, at the launch of the third program period of the EEA and Norway Grants. Read more

The temporary border controls of persons arriving Norway by ferry will continue until June 11, 2016. Read more

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‘In the coming years, the EEA and Norway Grants will primarily be used to promote innovation and growth in Europe through cooperation between Norway and the beneficiary countries,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker. Read more

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende in panel discussion with Pierre Vimont, Riina Kionka, and moderator Jan Techau. 
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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, presented Norway’s views on the EU's foreign and security policy strategy at Norway House in Brussels on 20 April. Read more

Børge Brende and UNHCR during a school visit with syrian refugees in Beirut in 2014. 
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Close to 12 million people have fled their homes because of the war in Syria, and the UN and its partners urgently need funding for their efforts in the coming years. ‘We must make sure that the UN is able to support the millions of people who have been forced to flee because of the war in Syria. That is why Norway is taking the lead and making a significant contribution to the UN Refugee Agenc... Read more

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'Syria's neighbouring countries are shouldering a heavy burden and are facing major challenges. Norway will therefore contribute USD 10 million to a new financing initiative for Lebanon and Jordan,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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First White Paper on Norway's energy policy in 17 years: security of supply, consequences for climate and economic growth must be considered together to secure an efficient and climate friendly energy supply. Read more

The Norwegian ship Siem Pilot is participating in the Triton operation in the central Mediterranean. 
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Norway is increasing its support to the handling of migrants in Greece. Since the new deal between the EU and Turkey on return of illegal migrants in Greece to Turkey, Norway and other European countries are sending more personnel to assist Greece in the registration and processing of migrants. Read more

Norwegian Foreign Minister, Børge Brende, and First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans. 
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In his annual foreign policy address to the Norwegian parliament on March 1, Foreign Minister Børge Brende emphasized European challenges and Norway’s relations with Europe. Read more

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‘I condemn today’s terrorist attacks in Brussels in the strongest possible terms. My thoughts and sympathy are with those who have been hit by the attacks and their families. We stand together with Belgium and the Belgian people,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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"We need more, not less cooperation with the EU on the common challenges facing Europe", said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker, pointing out the Single Market strategy, migration, climate and energy among the main priorities in the Government´s Eurpean work programme for 2016. Read more

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The flow of refugees and migrants to Europe was on top of the agenda in Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s political talks in Brussels on March 2, 2016. Read more

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Norway has decided to allocate a total of NOK 35 million for emergency measures to address the migration crisis in Greece. Read more

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The authorities in Greece and Norway have agreed that an additional NOK 31 million of the funds provided to Greece under the EEA and Norway Grants should be used to deal with the flow of refugees into Greece. This means that a total of NOK 231 million will be used for this purpose in the period up to 2017. The Norwegian Refugee Council will implement several of the projects.   ‘The flow of... Read more

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‘The crisis in Syria is having unspeakable consequences for millions of people in Syria and its neighbouring countries. The best way we can help is by providing direct assistance in Syria and the region. For this reason, Norway is now increasing its aid to Syria and the region to NOK 2.4 billion for 2016. We intend to maintain this high level of assistance and will provide a total of around NOK... Read more

Norway House, staff meeting. 
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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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This weekend Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja mark the 25th anniversary of their ascension to the Norwegian throne. Read more

More than 1500 participants are set to attend the 10 year anniversary of Arctic Frontiers held in Tromsø, Norway. The conference takes place on 24-29 January and is an important arena for discussions on Arctic issues. The jubilee themes are Industry and Environment – a return to the topics of the very first conference. Read more

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. Read more