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To examine the potential for and experience from the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for maritime transport in Europe, the Mission of Norway to the EU and the Norwegian Embassy in Brussels together with DNV GL invite are organizing the conference «Green Shipping – LNG as fuel for vessels» in Brussels 6 November 2013. Read more

Photo: EEA and Norway Grants.

The role of water in climate change adaptation will be the topic at an international conference supported by the EEA Grants in Lisbon 7-9 October. Read more

Ambassador Ingrid Schulerud, EEA and Norway Grants, Minister of Administration and Digitization of Poland, Michal Boni, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland and campaign coordinator for the Polish No Hate Speech campaign, Jan Dabkowski. 
Photo: Miriam Stackpole Dahl, EEA and Norway Grants.

Politicians have a particular responsibility to speak out against hate speech. That was one of the main messages at an international conference on hate speech in Warsaw this week. Read more

Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe. 
Photo: Berit Roald, Scanpix.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a crucial part of the Government’s combat against climate change. In order to strengthen the effort, the Government points out a new direction for CCS. The development of full-scale CO2-capture at Mongstad is discontinued, and will be replaced by a CCS programme. Read more

Children and youth at risk, public health and support to civil society are among the priority sectors of the EEA and Norway Grants. 
Photo: Christophe Vander Eecken.

“It is encouraging that the Office of the Auditor General is of the view that the EEA and Norway Grants help to strengthen contact and cooperation between Norway and the beneficiary countries. I am pleased that the Office of the Auditor General notes that our approach has become more focused and targeted,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. Read more

Minister Huitfeldt greeting the Lithuanian Minister of Social Security and Labour Algimanta Pabedinskienė. 
Photo: Inga Aalia, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Vilnius.

Speaking in Vilnius, Minister Anniken Huitfeldt focused on women’s employment. She emphasized the importance of effective social welfare arrangements as a means of facilitating high level of women’s participation in the labour market. Read more

Photo: Øyvind Markussen, NTB/Scanpix.

The Government will continue to develop commerce and industry, as well as the welfare system, and adapt our rural and regional policy to meet future challenges. The challenges may change, but one important vision remains the same: the good life throughout the country. Read more

Trygve Slagsvbold Vedum, Minister of Agriculture and Food. 
Photo: Torbjørn Tandberg.

The Norwegian switch to ad valorem duties for six tariff lines is a measure in order to maintain a viable Norwegian agriculture for the future. The changes are fully consistent with Norway´s international trade commitments. Read more

“It is a pleasure to be able to congratulate Croatia on becoming the EU’s 28th member state. The country has implemented an extensive programme of reforms. Croatia will soon become a member of the EEA and as such will also be a key partner for Norway,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. Read more

Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide  commends the Governments of Kosovo and Serbia for the courage and leadership they have shown in this process. 
Photo: MFA.

- The statement of the EU Council marks an important step forward for European cooperation for Serbia and Kosovo. This progress is based on the two countries' effort to normalise their relations. I commend the Governments of Kosovo and Serbia for the courage and leadership they have shown in this process, said Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide. Read more

The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg visited Lithuania on Tuesday, 25th of June for meetings with President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius. The topics for the meetings were both on Lithuania’s upcoming presidency as well as bilateral relations. Read more

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz studies the Nobel Peace Prize medal together with Deputy Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Kaci Kullmann Five (right) and Liv Astrid Sverdrup from the Nobel Peace Centre. 
Photo: Lars-Erik Hauge.

The Nobel Peace Center’s exhibition “Europe from War to Peace” will be shown at the visitor center of the European Parliament in Brussels between 15 May and 15 October. Read more

On Tuesday 14 May foreign minister Espen Barth Eide adressed the Storting on important EU and EEA matters. Read more

On 14 May, international experts and stakeholders will gather in Oslo for a two-day conference on right-wing extremism and hate crime directed towards minorities in Europe and beyond. Read more

Poland is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, together with the rest of Europe.

“It is with deep respect that we remember today the victims from the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw. They showed tremendous courage in the uprising, and for that they paid the highest price,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. Read more

Utenriksminister Espen Barth Eide og EUs høyrepresentant for utenrikssaker Catherine Ashton holdt pressekonferanse om møtet i giverlandsgruppen for Palestina.

“After 20 years of support from donor countries like Norway, Palestinian institutions are now strong enough to serve as a basis for an independent Palestinian state. At today’s meeting, the donors agreed to increase their contributions. But without a credible political process towards a two-state solution, it will become increasingly difficult for the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) to continue... Read more

Norway is mobilising against hate speech.

Norway is mobilising against hate speech in Europe. Through the EEA and Norway Grants we have entered into a strategic partnership with the Council of Europe’s youth project on combating hate speech online launched this week. Read more

The Norwegian Government is to contribute NOK 30 million to the UN trust funds for Mali. (Photo credit: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The Norwegian Government is to contribute NOK 30 million to the UN trust funds for Mali. The Government is also willing to consider a contribution if the proposed UN-led peacekeeping operation to Mali is established. Read more

Photo: Bjørn Sigurdsøn, Scanpix/SMK.

On Monday 10 December Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will host a working lunch for EU leaders who will be in Oslo to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony. Read more

“Norway is aligning itself with the EU’s reinforced sanctions against Syria,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. Read more