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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

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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

Thursday 26 November, the Norwegian government introduced temporary border controls, to prevent people without the required travel documents from entering the country. Read more

In response to the large number of asylum seekers entering the country, the Norwegian Government has proposed legislative amendments that among other things will enable the swift return of certain asylum seekers. Read more

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Le Premier ministre norvégien, Erna Solberg, a adressé, le 14 novembre, une lettre de condoléances au Président de la République, M. François Hollande. Read more

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Au lendemain des attaques à Paris, Sa Majesté le roi Harald V de Norvège a adressé au président de la République française, M. François Hollande, une lettre de condoléances. Read more

'Ukraine has shown genuine willingness to implement far-reaching reforms and pursue European integration. This is a bold choice and the right choice, and deserves our continued support. The Government therefore proposes to increase support to Ukraine by NOK 80 million. With this increase, Norway's support to Ukraine in 2016 will total approximately NOK 390 million,' Foreign Minister Børge Brend... Read more

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The Norwegian Government’s proposed fiscal budget for 2016 was presented on October 7. The government aims to increase spendings to support Ukraine and in humanitarian aid, and will continue to give high priority to Norway’s interests and responsibilities in the Arctic. Read more

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The Government is prepared to make a major contribution to a joint and intensified European effort to improve systems for receiving refugees and asylum-seekers in the years ahead. ‘We will offer to provide funding for asylum and migration projects in countries that receive support through the EEA and Norway Grants, if they are willing to contribute to the work of receiving refugees and... Read more

Researchers from the University of Wroclaw and Oslo University Hospital are searching for new and improved cancer therapies
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‘Europe is lagging behind its global competitors. Through the EEA and Norway Grants, we are helping to stimulate job creation in Europe through innovation, research and education. Norwegian researchers and companies are also involved in many of the projects,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen. Read more

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On 15 June, the Mission of Norway to the EU in cooperation with the Research Council of Norway, the Norwegian Space Centre and the North Norway European Office is organized the seminar "The Arctic as the New Knowledge Frontier - Key Needs in Research and Space Related Technologies". Read more

The NGO programme in Hungary that is funded by Norway under the EEA and Norway Grants scheme is being run effectively and in line with the legal framework, according to an audit by the firm PKF Littlejohn. Read more

Through the EEA and Norway Grants, Norway will use around EUR 1.6 million to fund the day-to-day running of the reception centre on the island of Lesvos for a one-year period. 
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The authorities in Greece and Norway have agreed to use funding from the EEA and Norway Grants to set up a new reception centre on the island of Lesvos, as part of Norway's contribution to alleviating the Mediterranean migrant crisis. Read more

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation, has decided to charter the vessel

‘The Government is strengthening the Norwegian efforts in the Mediterranean by sending the vessel Siem Pilot and personnel to participate in Joint Operation Triton,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. The vessel is to sail from Norway by the end of May. Read more

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Norway is hosting a global summit on education for development on 6–7 July. The aim of the summit is to boost global efforts in the field of education, with a view to reaching the UN’s new set of development goals. Read more

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Norway has submitted its 2030 climate target of at least 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Read more