European cooperation

Cross-border cooperation is crucial to ensure European security, freedom and economic strength. We need common European solutions to international challenges.

Most of Norway’s close allies and like-minded partners are European countries. We have a shared set of values. Together with other European countries, Norway takes responsibility for helping to resolve common challenges in and around our continent, for example by promoting growth and innovation, dealing with migration, addressing climate change and fighting terrorism.

At the same time, Norwegian security and welfare depend on European cooperation. Norway is involved in European cooperation through the EEA Agreement, the Schengen Agreement and Norway’s other agreements with the EU. We also cooperate closely with the EU on foreign and security policy issues.


  • increased European competitiveness and growth
  • enhanced security in Europe
  • a comprehensive approach to migration
  • an ambitious climate and energy policy
  • higher quality research and education


  • providing input to the EU in connection with the development of policy and legislation in areas that are important for Norway
  • coordinating our positions on, and responses to, foreign and security policy issues with the EU and EU member states, where our interests overlap
  • ensuring that new common rules for the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Schengen Area become applicable in Norway as soon as possible after they are introduced in the EU
  • contributing to the reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe through the EEA and Norway Grants