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Biannual address to the Storting on important EU and EEA matters

Last updated: 16.05.2013 // On Tuesday 14 May foreign minister Espen Barth Eide adressed the Storting on important EU and EEA matters.

In the adress foreign minister Eide said that the Agreement on the European Economic Area and Norway’s other agreements with the EU form the basis for the Government’s European policy. The EEA Agreement has been in force for 19 years, and this period has been one of stability and economic growth for Norway.

The EEA Agreement has been, and is still, important for the development of the Norwegian economy, business sector and foreign trade. It has also proved to be an effective framework in the face of the substantial changes that have taken place in the EU since the agreement was concluded.

Norway has also chosen to develop its cooperation with the EU in areas outside the framework of the EEA Agreement itself. These include participation in the Schengen cooperation, other judicial and police cooperation, questions relating to asylum and immigration policy, and cooperation on foreign policy and security policy issues. The Government is continuing to build on cooperation in these areas.

Read foreign minister Eide's entire adress to the Storting on important EU and EEA matters here.


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