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Norways Arrangement with the European Defence Agency

7 March 2006 Norway, as the only non EU-member, signed an Administrative Arrangement (AA) with the European Defence Agency (EDA). This arrangement establish the basis for practical cooperation between Norway and the EDA.

23/03/2004 :: Until the termination of Western European Armaments Organisation (WEAO) and Western European Armaments Group (WEAG) Norway played an active role in armaments related co-operation as well as in the Research and Techology cooperation under WEAG. As a non-EU WEAG-member Norway was invited to establish administrative arrangements with the Agency.

The agreement gives Norway access to participation in projects and programmes under the European Defence Agency. Hence, it gives Norway the possibility to be a partner in European collaboration on defence equipment, joint defence research and technology projects, and joint development of future military capabilities in Europe.

The principle of the relationship within theAdministrative Arrangements is based on the desire of the EDA and the Norwegian Ministry of Defence to exchange views and information on matters of common interest falling within the scope of the Agency’s mission, and to ensure that the Norwegian Ministry of Defence is kept fully informed of opportunities for future co-operation. A Consultative Committee provides a forum for exchanging views and information on matters of common interest and a point of contact is established on the Agency’s staff and MOD Norway has designated a liaison officer at the mission of Norway to the EU.

The European Defence Agency was established under a Joint Action of the EU Council of Ministers on 12 July 2004, in order to “support the Member States and the Council in their effort to improve European defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the European Security and Defence Policy as it stands now and develops in the future”. The EDA’s activities are handled through a Capabilities Directorate, Research & Technology Directorate, Armaments Directorate, Industry & Market Directorate, and Corporate Services Directorate.


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Minister of Defence Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen.Photo: Ministry of Defence.