Norwegian Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe, and EU Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger. Photo: Lars-Erik Hauge, EU-delegasjonen

Energy Dialogue between Norway and the European Commission

Last updated: 27/06/2012 // Our Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe, and the EU Commissioner responsible for energy, Günther Oettinger, agreed to continue to develop the energy relations and co-operation between Norway and the European Union at their meeting the 22. of June in Brussels.

The meeting marked the 10th regular annual EC – Norway Energy Dialogue and the mutual interest in close and comprehensive consultations on key energy issues was confirmed. Norway is a major exporter of oil and gas to the European Union and, through the EEA Agreement, an integral part of the EU internal market.

During the meeting, both Günther Oettinger and Ola Borten Moe underlined the great importance of the regular energy dialogue between the EU and Norway. This dialogue is founded on the common perception of the key role of energy in achieving good, convenient lives for citizens of Europe, including the principal objectives of competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply. During the ten years the annual dialogue has been a foundation for mutual understanding and co-operation.

Key themes discussed at the meeting included offshore safety, the development of infrastructure and the implementation of the internal energy market. The two sides also exchanged views on the longer term challenges in the energy sector and the potential for further co-operation to meet these challenges.

With respect to safety in offshore oil and gas activities the two sides discussed how Norway can share its experience in this area with the European Commission.

Read more at the official website of the Norwegian Government.


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