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Photo: Photo: Kristina Landsverk, Mattilsynet.

Meat is food and fish is fish, goes a Norwegian saying. However, when veterinary officers from thirteen EU and EFTA coutnries visited Northern Norway on February 6-7, it was time to turn the expression around. Read more

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Norway and Malta have signed new agreements on Norway's contribution to social inclusion and poverty reduction. Refugees and migrants will be an important target group. Read more

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Norway’s EEA and EU Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen discussed the EEA Agreement, Brexit and research on his first trip abroad as Minister, 17 – 18 January. Read more

Photo: Alberto Grohovaz / Arctic Frontiers 2017.

'We are taking over the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers at a time when the world is rapidly changing. Strategic Nordic cooperation is essential, and benefits all the Nordic countries,' said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs and Minister for Nordic Cooperation Frank Bakke-Jensen, who launched Norway's Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers today. Read more

Since January 1, 2017, Norway holds the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Read more about Norway’s priorities, including for the Nordic region in Europe. Read more

‘Norway condemns the terrorist attack in Berlin in the strongest possible terms. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Germany in the fight against terrorism. We will never let terrorists destroy our democratic values and our freedom,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

State secretary, Bjørn Haugstad, at the launch of NorCore Office, 8 December. 
Photo: Lars Eivind Måseide.

The Norwegian Contact Office for Research, Innovation and Education (NorCore) was launched in Brussels on 8 December. The new office is established as a cooperation between the Norwegian Research Council, Innovation Norway and The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education. The overall goal is to strengthen Norway’s participation in European research and education programmes. Read more

Norway and Bulgaria have signed agreements on a number of new programmes under the EEA and Norway Grants. Justice and migration, the business sector, energy and enhanced Roma inclusion are priority areas for cooperation. Read more

How can Norway create Green Competitiveness? Find out here. Read more

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I am pleased to see all of you here on this important day for those working with gender issues – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Each year, 25 November marks the day to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to various forms of violence – simply because they are women. Gender equality is centra... Read more

Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák (right) and Norwegian EEA/EU-Minister Elisabeth Vik Aspaker signed the deal in Bratislava on the 28 November. 
Photo: Rune Bjåstad, UD.

Norway and Slovakia have signed new MoUs on the EEA and Norway Grants. In the years ahead, important areas of cooperation will be business and innovation and climate change. Funding will also be used to develop cross-border cooperation between Slovakia and Ukraine. Read more

Photo: Mission of Norway to the EU.

Each year, 25 November marks the day to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to various forms of violence simply because they are women. This year Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein launched the first assessment of gender programmes supported by the EEA/Norway Grants. Read more

Norway’s Minister of EEA and EU Affairs met with the EU Commission’s chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, on 14 November 2016. Read more

EEA-cooperation, the digital single market and sharing economy were among the issues discussed at the 46th meeting of the EEA Council was in Brussels 15 November 2016. Read more

Siv Jensen met with Commission officials and chaired the EFTA-side in annual talks with ECOFIN on 8 November. Read more

Minister Lien addressing the audience at The Economist Energy Summit. . 
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On Thursday, the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mr. Tord Lien, opened The Economist Energy Summit in London. Read more

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"The economic restructuring of the Nordic region, the challenges faced by Europe, and international developments remind us of the importance of our shared values, our unity, and our solidarity. Strategic Nordic cooperation is crucial," said Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg when she presented the programme for the Norwegian presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2017 at the Nordic... Read more

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende played host when ministers from 25 countries and the Director-General of the WTO gathered in Oslo for informal talks on Friday and Saturday. International trade, preparations for the WTO's next ministerial conference in Argentina in December 2017 and the continuing work in the organization were among the topics discussed. Read more

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Speech by Prime Minister Erna Solberg at FAFO's conference European Migration and Asylum Policies for the Future – Nordic Perspectives, in Oslo 21 October 2016. Read more

Through the EEA and Norway Grants, EUR 502.5 million has been allocated to 12 programmes. The MoU with Romania is the first of a series of MoUs to be signed with the 15 beneficiary countries on the use of grants amounting to EUR 2.8 billion. Read more