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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

Photo: Shutterstock.com.

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

The EU has agreed to impose sanctions on Ukrainian officials. “The situation in the country is extremely serious, and the death toll keeps rising. Norway has decided to align itself with the sanctions agreed on by a united EU,” Foreign Minister Børge Brende says. Read more

Marios Nicolaou, the Programs Officer of the Association for the Prevention and
Handling of Violence in the Family (SPAVO) shows where the shelter will be built. 
Photo: Christian Grotnes Halvorsen.

The financing contract for the project “Construction of a new shelter for victims of domestic violence” under the Norway Grants was signed in Nicosia on 5 February. Read more

The Norwegian delegation, headed by Ambassador Atle Leikvoll (no 2 from the right), during the launch of the negotiations in Brussels. 
Photo: Lars-Erik Hauge/Mission of Norway to the EU.

Negotiations with the EU on financial contributions 2014 – 2019 and on market access for fish started today. “We look forward to constructive negotiations and a successful outcome,” commented Ingvild Næss Stub, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read more

Article from the Financial Times, January 17 2014: Sir, Free movement of persons is the essence of European citizenship. All EU and European Economic Area citizens have and must have the right to move freely across the EU and EEA countries as tourists, for business, to study – or to seek work. Read more

Photo: Farstad Shipping.

Maritime issues are on Greece’s list of EU Presidency priorities this semester. The priorities range from European competitiveness in the shipping industry, environmental and security matters to border control and migration challenges. Read more

OPCW and the UN confirm that the first load of components for chemical weapons has left the port of Latakia today. The process of transporting Syria’s chemical weapons out of the country for destruction has begun. Read more

Commodore Torben Mikkelsen, commander of the Danish-Norwegian task group who will transport Syria's chemical agents to destruction. . Photo: Marthe Brendefur Rune Johansen / Lars Magne Hovtun / Hæren

Norway is to play a significant role in removing chemical weapons from Syria and transporting them out of the country for destruction elsewhere. Read more

A group of Macedonian civil servants recently visited Brussels to learn about the EU and Norway. 
Photo: Stian Mathisen/MFA.

A group of Macedonian civil servants recently visited Norway House in Brussels to learn more about Norway’s relationship with the EU and Norwegian management- and ICT-policies. The visit was part of a capacity building project that Norway is financing. Read more

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of EEA Affairs and EU Relations Vidar Helgesen together with President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso. 
Photo: Juha Roininen, EUP Images/SMK.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited Brussels and Athens on the 3rd December. Topics for the discussions were the relations between the EU and Norway and the priorities of the upcoming Greek Presidency. Read more

Ambassador Atle Leikvoll signing the agreement. 
Photo: EFTA.

The negotiations between Norway and Croatia about Croatia’s membership in the EEA Agreement have been concluded. As part of the agreement, Norway will receive improved marked access for its fish exports to the EU and will contribute to social and economic cohesion in Croatia through the EEA Grants. Read more

Minster of Fisheries, Elisabeth Aspaker, and the EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki (Photo: Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs)

Mackerel negotiations were top of the agenda when Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker met with EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki in Oslo. Read more

Photo: FMO.

Norway is a key partner of this year’s Fundamental Rights Conference through the EEA and Norway Grants. The conference is a high level annual event, organised by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Read more

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland together with Ambassador Astrid E. Helle, The permanent Mission of Norway to the Council of Europe. 
Photo: Council of Europe.

“The Government has decided to launch Thorbjørn Jagland’s candidacy for re-election to the position of Secretary General of the Council of Europe,” Foreign Minister Børge Brende announced. Read more

The Mission of Norway to the EU will be closed on Monday 11 November 2013 due to a public holiday (Armistice Day) in Belgium. Read more

Norway’s new Government was appointed by His Majesty the King 16 October 2013. 
Photo: Erlend Aas/NTB Scanpix/SMK.

Norway’s new Government was appointed today by His Majesty the King. It is a conservative minority government formed by the Conservative Party and the Progress Party, with Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg as Prime Minister. Read more