Norway discussed global security with the EU and Belgium

Last updated: 22.04.2016 // Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, presented Norway’s views on the EU’s foreign and security policy strategy at Norway House in Brussels on 20 April.

Simon K. Johannsson, Mission of Norway 

The EU’s new foreign and security policy strategy is scheduled to be submitted at the EU summit in June 2016. Member states have given their inputs, and as a close partner to the EU, Norway is also submitting its views.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, presented Norway’s views on the EU’s global strategy at the seminar «A New Global Strategy for the EU: A Northern Perspective» at Norway House on 20 April. The seminar was hosted by the Mission of Norway to the EU in cooperation with the think tank Carnegie Europe, engaged in European foreign policy analysis and recommendations.

Listen to the podcast from the event here, and read Minister Brende’s key note speech here. A guest blog from Minister Brende has also been published on Carnegie Europe’s “Strategic Europe”-blog.

The Arctic: A model for global governance

In his key note speech, Minister Brende spoke about EU-NATO-cooperation, relations with Russia, and the development in fragile states. Brende emphasized the important international cooperation in the Arctic, and the region’s increased importance for the EU.

– The Arctic is a region of stability and cooperation based on respect for international law and sustainable management of resourced. The overall goal for Norwegian Arctic policy is to ensure that it stays that way. However, stability in the North cannot be taken for granted. I strongly believe that a well-founded and coherent policy approach in the North is highly relevant for EU’s future global strategy, said Minister Brende.

The seminar attracted great interest, and gathered around 120 diplomats, EU-bureaucrats, researchers and others who wanted to listen to the Minister of fFreign Affairs’ presentation and discussion on global security issues.

The key note by Minister Brende was followed by a panel debate with Ms Riina Kionka, director for the President of The European Council’s  foreign policy team, and Mr Pierre Vimont, former general secretary of the EEAS and now senior associate at Carnegie Europa. The debate was moderated by Carnegie Europe director Mr Jan Techau.

Bilateral meetings

During Minister Brende’s visit to Brussels on 19-20 April, security in Europe and neighbour regions was the topic for several bilateral meetings with the EU and Belgium. Minister Brende met with the European Commission’s Vice President and High Representative Federica Mogherini as well as Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders, among others.

On 19 April, Norway chaired a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liason Committee  (AHLC) for the Palestinians (AHLC). The meeting was hosted by the EEAS and High Representative Mogherini. See the press release from the AHLC meeting and videos from Minister Brende’s and High Representative Mogherini’s statements to the press here.  

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