– This was an important visit for me as a newly appointed Minister. It is inspiring to meet with many of the central Norwegian actors, both in the Norway’s Mission to the EU, as well as our cooperation partners. They track ongoing processes closely and can provide me as a political leader with analysis and useful inputs for the way forward, said Minister Bakke-Jensen.
During his visit, the Minister met with the EFTA Secretariat and was briefed on the following up on the EEA Agreement. He also visited the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) and the secretariat for the EEA and Norway Grants (FMO), which manages Norway’s contribution to social and economic cohesion in Europe.
Bakke-Jensen then visited the new “NorCore” Office, where Norwegian innovation, research and education institutions cooperate to foster cooperation and make Norwegian know-how more relevant in Europe.
After a number of topical briefings Norway’s EU Mission, Bakke-Jensen concluded his visit with a reception for Norwegian representatives in Brussels at Norway House. Private and public organisations had the chance to exchange a few words with the Minister bring up issues of interest.