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Opening of EU research liaison office in Brussels

The Brussels branch of the Research Council of Norway was officially opened on Monday 21 November. Attending the event was State Secretary Åge Rosnes from the Ministry of Education and Research.

29/03/2006 :: The research liaison office has been operational since 1 August 2005, and is already an important meeting point between the Norwegian research community and EU research. Strategically placed in Rue de Thrône 98 near the EU institutions, the main aim for the office is to assist Norwegian researchers and businesses to make use of the possibilities within the EU-system.

The mission is furthermore to create interest and promote activities contributing to Norwegian participation in EU RTD and innovation programmes, and to be a contact point for information and guidance on EU RTD and innovation programmes.

Norway will thus join the Informal Group of RTD Liaison Offices (IGLO) in Brussels for EU R&D, already counting 17 members from just as many countries. The Norwegian liaison office share address with several of its sister organisations (Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and Poland). The office is headed by Ms Marit Risberg Ellekjær, formerly Department Director at the Norwegian Food Research Institute (Matforsk).

State Secretary Åse Rosnes from the Ministry of Education and Research was present at the opening. He stressed the importance of an open dialogue with the European Commission and other actors in Brussels to gain support for Norwegian interests in the negotiations on the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme for 2007- 2013 (FP7).

“The office will be a significant platform for Norwegian research and the opporunities for Norwegian researchers to meet potential European partners”, State Secretary Rosnes stated at the opening.

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Åge Rosnes, State Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Research, attended the opening of the research liaison office.