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Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Mr Vidar Helgesen. 
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This month marks 25 years since Hungary opened its borders to the West and set the reunification of Europe in motion.Today, Hungary’s Government is turning its back on the West, writes Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Minister for Europe. Read more

Foreign Minister Børge Brende. 
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The Government on 15 August adopted new restrictive measures against Russia, in line with the decision announced on 11 August. The new regulations were adopted today by the King in Council, and enter into force immediately. Read more

State secretary, Vidar Brein-Karlsen, receives the report from Ingeborg Rasmussen, Vista Analyse. 
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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. Read more

'Russia’s import ban is completely unreasonable. The fact that Russia is implementing these measures shows how important it is that we stand together with our allies and partners in responding to Russia’s destabilisation of Ukraine. I agree with the EU’s assessment that the trade restrictions are politically motivated,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Ambassador of Norway to the EU Atle Leikvoll. 
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As a major exporter of natural gas and oil to Europe, and as part of the internal energy market under the EEA Agreement, Norway supports the goal of enhanced energy security in Europe and understands the desire to strengthen policies in this area, writes Ambassador Atle Leikvoll in DG Energy’s monthly newsletter. Read more

The Government will work at the international level to promote the removal of subsidies on fuels that are harmful to the environment, exacerbate climate change and undermine sustainable development. Read more

Foreign Minister Børge Brende. 
Photo: MFA.

‘Norway congratulates Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia on the signing of their association agreements with the EU. These agreements will bring these countries an important step closer to European integration,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Read more

Norway Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Photo: MFA

‘It is important that Norway, together with our European partners, sends a clear signal to the Syrian authorities that the persistent use of violence is unacceptable and must end immediately. Norway will therefore align itself with the EU’s new restrictive measures against Syria,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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‘I would like to congratulate Thorbjørn Jagland on his re-election. It reflects the strong support for his reform work in the Council of Europe. In these times of crisis in Europe, with major challenges relating to human rights and democracy, the Council of Europe is more important than it has been for a very long time,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Read more

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‘Education is key to reducing poverty. The Norwegian Government therefore intends to double its development assistance to education in countries affected by extreme poverty, crisis and conflict. It is particularly important for us to ensure that more girls have access to education,’ said Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Read more

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Norway and Hungary have still not reached an agreement on lifting of the suspension of the EEA and Norway Grants to the country. Read more

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‘Norway is at the forefront of a major effort to promote global education, and is doubling its support for the Global Partnership for Education. This reflects the high priority given to global education in the Government’s development policy,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen

The Government has presented its strategy for cooperation with the EU for the period 2014 - 2017. Read more

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The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body has today finally concluded that the EU regulation on trade in seal products is inconsistent with key provisions of WTO legislation. Read more

Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister, responsible for EEA Affairs and EU Relations, also Chief of Staff at the Office of the Prime Minister Mr Vidar Helgesen's speech in Oslo on Europe Day. Read more

The Government has today adopted restrictive measures against individuals responsible for actions that undermine or threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Read more

The Libyan documentary

During the One World International Human Rights Doumentary Film Festival in Brussels, 3 films will be screened at Norway House to stimulate reflection, engagement and participation in democratic processes. Read more

“Norway condemns Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which is in violation of international law. The use of military force by Russia to redraw national boundaries is unacceptable,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

The Government decided on 7 March to request the Storting to approve the agreement on EEA enlargement that will allow Croatia to become part of the European Economic Area (EEA). This will open up new opportunities for closer cooperation between Norway and Croatia, for both the business sector and for private individuals. Read more

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With the celebration of the International Women’s Day around the corner, we take the opportunity to focus on violence against women in Europe – a violation of fundamental human rights which cuts across all levels of society. Read more