In his annual foreign policy address to the Norwegian parliament on March 1, Foreign Minister Børge Brende emphasized European challenges and Norway’s relations with Europe. Read more

‘I condemn today’s terrorist attacks in Brussels in the strongest possible terms. My thoughts and sympathy are with those who have been hit by the attacks and their families. We stand together with Belgium and the Belgian people,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

“We need more, not less cooperation with the EU on the common challenges facing Europe”, said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker, pointing out the Single Market strategy, migration, climate and energy among the main priorities in the Government´s Eurpean work programme for 2016. Read more

The flow of refugees and migrants to Europe was on top of the agenda in Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s political talks in Brussels on March 2, 2016. Read more

Norway has decided to allocate a total of NOK 35 million for emergency measures to address the migration crisis in Greece. Read more

The authorities in Greece and Norway have agreed that an additional NOK 31 million of the funds provided to Greece under the EEA and Norway Grants should be used to deal with the flow of refugees into Greece. This means that a total of NOK 231 million will be used for this purpose in the period up to 2017. The Norwegian Refugee Council will implement several of the projects.   ‘The flow of… Read more

‘The crisis in Syria is having unspeakable consequences for millions of people in Syria and its neighbouring countries. The best way we can help is by providing direct assistance in Syria and the region. For this reason, Norway is now increasing its aid to Syria and the region to NOK 2.4 billion for 2016. We intend to maintain this high level of assistance and will provide a total of around NOK… Read more

Recently appointed Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Elisabeth Aspaker, on 26-27 January visited the capital of the EU to get more insight into how Norwegian stakeholders and the EEA EFTA institutions are working to maintain the broad collaboration between Norway and the EU. Read more

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching a new strategy today for efforts to promote freedom of expression. ‘Freedom of expression and independent media are under growing pressure. Norway is therefore strengthening its international work in this field,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

This weekend Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja mark the 25th anniversary of their ascension to the Norwegian throne. Read more

More than 1500 participants are set to attend the 10 year anniversary of Arctic Frontiers held in Tromsø, Norway. The conference takes place on 24-29 January and is an important arena for discussions on Arctic issues. The jubilee themes are Industry and Environment – a return to the topics of the very first conference. Read more

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security has instructed the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) to reject applications from asylum seekers arriving in Norway after having resided in Russia, without considering individual cases in depth. Read more

Thursday 26 November, the Norwegian government introduced temporary border controls, to prevent people without the required travel documents from entering the country. Read more

In response to the large number of asylum seekers entering the country, the Norwegian Government has proposed legislative amendments that among other things will enable the swift return of certain asylum seekers. Read more

Le Premier ministre norvégien, Erna Solberg, a adressé, le 14 novembre, une lettre de condoléances au Président de la République, M. François Hollande. Read more

Au lendemain des attaques à Paris, Sa Majesté le roi Harald V de Norvège a adressé au président de la République française, M. François Hollande, une lettre de condoléances. Read more

‘Ukraine has shown genuine willingness to implement far-reaching reforms and pursue European integration. This is a bold choice and the right choice, and deserves our continued support. The Government therefore proposes to increase support to Ukraine by NOK 80 million. With this increase, Norway’s support to Ukraine in 2016 will total approximately NOK 390 million,’ Foreign Minister Børge Brend… Read more

The Norwegian Government’s proposed fiscal budget for 2016 was presented on October 7. The government aims to increase spendings to support Ukraine and in humanitarian aid, and will continue to give high priority to Norway’s interests and responsibilities in the Arctic. Read more

The Government is prepared to make a major contribution to a joint and intensified European effort to improve systems for receiving refugees and asylum-seekers in the years ahead. ‘We will offer to provide funding for asylum and migration projects in countries that receive support through the EEA and Norway Grants, if they are willing to contribute to the work of receiving refugees and… Read more

‘Europe is lagging behind its global competitors. Through the EEA and Norway Grants, we are helping to stimulate job creation in Europe through innovation, research and education. Norwegian researchers and companies are also involved in many of the projects,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen. Read more