Since January 1, 2017, Norway holds the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Read more about Norway’s priorities, including for the Nordic region in Europe.

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‘Norway condemns the terrorist attack in Berlin in the strongest possible terms. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Germany in the fight against terrorism. We will never let terrorists destroy our democratic values and our freedom,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Norway and Bulgaria have signed agreements on a number of new programmes under the EEA and Norway Grants. Justice and migration, the business sector, energy and enhanced Roma inclusion are priority areas for cooperation.

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Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák (right) and Norwegian EEA/EU-Minister Elisabeth Vik Aspaker signed the deal in Bratislava on the 28 November. 
Photo: Rune Bjåstad, UD.

Norway and Slovakia have signed new MoUs on the EEA and Norway Grants. In the years ahead, important areas of cooperation will be business and innovation and climate change. Funding will also be used to develop cross-border cooperation between Slovakia and Ukraine.

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State secretary, Bjørn Haugstad, at the launch of NorCore Office, 8 December. 
Photo: Lars Eivind Måseide.

The Norwegian Contact Office for Research, Innovation and Education (NorCore) was launched in Brussels on 8 December. The new office is established as a cooperation between the Norwegian Research Council, Innovation Norway and The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education. The overall goal is to strengthen Norway’s participation in European research and education programmes.

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How can Norway create Green Competitiveness? Find out here.

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Photo: Mission of Norway to the EU.

Each year, 25 November marks the day to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to various forms of violence simply because they are women. This year Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein launched the first assessment of gender programmes supported by the EEA/Norway Grants.

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