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The EU confirms close dialogue with Norway throughout the Brexit talks

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Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and President of the European Council Donald Tusk. Photo: European Union.

The EU welcomes input from Norway on the Brexit negotiations, assured EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk when meeting with Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Brussels.

Brexit was a key topic when Prime Minister Erna Solberg and EEA and EU Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels on May 4.

Both President Juncker and President Tusk reassured Prime Minister Solberg that the EU will keep a close dialogue with Norway in view of the upcoming Brexit talks. 

- As one of the EU’s closest partners, we will have a close dialogue with Norway thorughout the Brexit talks. That’s what partners do, Tusk said.

Watch the press statements by President Tusk and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg here.

Norway will be able to provide input

Prime Minister Solberg emphasized that Brexit will affect Norway as well, as Norway is part of the EU single market through the EEA Agreement.

- This is a challenging period for both the UK and the EU, but also for the rest of us who are closely connected to them. The UK is one of Norway’s biggest trading partners, and we are very concerned about how the arrangement will be in the future between the EU and the UK. Therefore I am happy that there will be an open door for Norway to deliver our views into the process, said Prime Minister Solberg.

Highlighted Norwegian climate policy

EEA cooperation, migration, security and climate change were also on the agenda of the Prime Minister’s meeting in Brussels.  Tusk commended Norway on its climate policies.

- Norway proves that it is perfectly possible and rational to combine being an important supplier of gas and oil as well as being a front-runner in renewable energy. The Norwegian example should provide encouragement to our American friends, as the climate challenge we all face can only be addressed by common global action.