Ambassador to the EU


Ambassador Oda Helen Sletnes is Norway’s ambassador to the European Union. She took up her assignment on 1 October 2015 and previously held this position from 2006 to 2011.

Sletnes joined the Foreign Service in 1981 after graduating from the Norwegian Technical University, NTH, with a diploma in architecture and urban planning. She served as a Norwegian diplomat in Paris and Ottawa and as Deputy Head of the Norwegian Mission to the EU from 1997 to 2001.

Sletnes has held a number of positions relating to European affairs. She was a member of the Norwegian negotiation team for EU accession in 1994 and Director General for European Affairs at the MFA from 2003 to 2005. After more than five years as Head of Mission and Ambassador to the EU (2006-2011), she was appointed President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Brussels from 1 July 2011 - a position she held until 31 June 2015. The EFTA Surveillance Authority has similar powers as the European Commission and is the body that monitors and enforce the EEA EFTA States’ compliance with the EEA Agreement, in relation to the Internal Market, competition and state aid.

Mrs Sletnes is married and has two children.

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