• the EU single market – all relevant laws, except those dealing with agriculture and fisheries, apply to Norway
• EU Agencies and programmes – Norway participates in a number of them, albeit with no voting rights
• social & economic cohesion in the EU/EEA – Norway contributes financially
• regular political dialogue on foreign policy issues at ministerial and expert level
The Norwegian Government presented its White Paper on the EEA Agreement and Norway’s other agreements with the EU in October 2012, following the report Outside & inside – Norway's agreement with the EU of the Norwegian Review Committee, portraying Norway as “3/4” integrated into the EU.
Norway is actively seeking association with the EU's foreign & security and security & defence policies (CFSP and CSDP) and participates in EU joint actions such as the EU police mission in Bosnia. It has also pledged personnel and equipment to the CSDP Rapid Reaction Force and to the EU Nordic battle group.
Norway is a valuable partner for the EU on the international stage with frequently shared policy priorities, for example in the areas of energy and climate change. It is also an active partner concerning the Arctic.
The main issues under EU-Norway relations are outlined in the Council Conclusions below. The 2012 conclusions will be adopted by the end 2012.
In 2012, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the EU the Nobel Peace Prize.