Cooperation with the EU in 2017 - the Government's work programme

- Clear priorities are important to safeguard Norwegian interests and to solve the common challenges Europe is facing, says Minister of EEA and EU affairs Frank Bakke-Jensen.

Norway cooperates closely with the EU and the EU member states. We share a common set of values, and we share many of the same challenges. It is vital that we work together to solve these challenges. We cooperate with the EU because it is in our own national interest to do so, and because it will make it easier to restructure the Norwegian economy.

The Norwegian Government’s strategy for cooperation with the EU 2014-2017 sets out the main lines of Norway’s European policy. It identifies five priority areas, where the Government will make a particular effort to promote Norwegian interests when European policy and legislation are being developed. The five priorities are: increased competitiveness and growth, higher quality research and education, an ambitious climate and energy policy, a comprehensive approach to migration, and enhancing security. This work programme for cooperation with the EU sets out the Government’s main priorities and the most important issues in the strategy that are to be followed up in 2017.

Important negotiations in 2017 will be the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit), the EEA and Norway Grants, trade in agricultural products, TTIP and participation in the work of EU agencies and supervisory bodies.

- We hope that the work programme can be a tool for everyone engaged in the development in Europe and how we can contribute, while simultaneously safeguarding Norwegian interests, says Minister of EEA and EU affairs Frank Bakke Jensen.

More information

The Government's work programme for cooperation with the EU 2017

Norway in Europe - The Government's Strategy for Cooperation with the EU 2014-2017

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