Areas of Cooperation

Here you find information about the main areas of cooperation between Norway and the European Union.

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway met with Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission in Brussels in January 2015. Photo: Juha Roininen, EUP Images/SMK.

Norway and the EU share the same fundamental values, and face many of the same challenges. Close cooperation at political level is essential to find joint solutions to these challenges. Read more

The Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) is the cornerstone of relations between Norway and the EU. It brings together the 28 EU member states and the three EEA EFTA states Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in the Internal market governed by the same basic rules. Read more

Photo: Svein Wiik, Scanpix.

Action to secure energy supplies and mitigate climate change is at the top of the European agenda. Norway and the EU share high ambitions in the field of climate policy. As one of the world’s largest energy exporters, Norway plays a significant role in European energy security. Read more

Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC. Photo: European Union.

Norway cooperates closely with the EU on foreign and security policy issues. It is in our interest to find common solutions to shared global and regional challenges. By acting together, we can strengthen our influence internationally. Read more

Photo: European Union.

The EU’s priorities in the area of justice and home affairs largely coincide with those of Norway. Therefore, Norway is associated with the EU justice and home affairs cooperation through various agreements. The most important of these is the Schengen Agreement. Read more

Photo: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.

Norway is a seafaring nation, with much of its population living along the coast and depending on the sea, whether in the areas of fisheries, energy or shipping. Norway and the EU share the ambition of maintaining the European maritime industries’ world-leading position and competitiveness. EU legislation in the maritime area also applies to Norway, through the EEA Agreement. Read more

Photo: Guri Dahl,

Research and education are important elements of Norway’s cooperation with the EU. Through the EEA Agreement, Norway participates in the EU’s education programme Erasmus+ and the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. Read more

Photo: Guri Dahl,

The EU has established several programmes in order to help implement EU policy. Through the EEA Agreement, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein participate in a wide range of these programmes and activities. Read more