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President Barroso: “The relationship between Norway and the EU is not good, it is excellent!”

President Barroso welcomed the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg  © EU

On Tuesday, President Barroso welcomed the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on her first visit to Brussels in her new capacity. The President stressed that the relationship between the EU and Norway is solid and of great value to both sides.

During the meeting, President Barroso and Prime Minister Solberg discussed cooperation between the EU and Norway, which is mainly based on the European Economic Area (EEA) and Schengen Agreements.

"Today I welcomed the intention of the new Government of Norway to pursue an even more active European policy, primarily through the EEA Agreement, and I look forward to working with the Prime Minister and her team towards this end."

He added: "The Government's announcement to lift Norway's reservation vis-a-vis the incorporation of the Third Postal Directive into the EEA Agreement is an encouraging signal. We hope to receive similar good news in the future."

Other issues including bilateral trade relations, a new multilateral arrangement on mackerel fishing and energy were also on the agenda. Regarding energy, the President said: "A substantial portion of EU energy supplies comes from Norway, and these supplies are mutually beneficial, safe and secure. Broadening this open, reliable and transparent cooperation is in our common interest. We very much value Norway as an energy partner, a reliable partner of the European Union. Today we informally discussed with the Prime Minister what can be our future policy in terms of climate. We exchanged perspectives of what can happen on renewables and the possibilities of some interconnections between Norway and the European Union".

President Barroso also thanked Norway for its contributions to the EU and its support in global issues like migration. He concluded by saying that "the relationship between Norway and the European Union is not good, it is excellent!"

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