With representatives from nearly all Norwegian ministries, the Mission is an important centre of expertise on EU and EEA affairs for the Norwegian public administration.
The Mission is Norway's largest foreign mission, reflecting the broad scope of Norway's relations with the EU. Current staffing is around 60, of which two thirds are diplomats.
Some of the Mission's main tasks are to:
- Represent the Norwegian Government in Brussels and promote the Government’s policies and positions vis-à-vis the European Union.
- Identify at the earliest stage possible issues related to the EEA and Schengen cooperation that are of political or economic importance to Norway.
- Safeguard Norwegian interests in negotiations with the European Commission, the European External Action Service and the Council of the European Union in areas covered by the EEA and Schengen agreements.
- Work closely with the EU institions on the further development of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy.
- Increase awareness of Norway's close ties with the EU, in particular our participation in the internal market.
The Mission organizes a broad range of seminars and conferences at Norway House, often in cooperation with the EU institions or think tanks in Brussels. See events calendar.
The Mission receives over 9.000 visitors annually, ranging from school classes and student groups to business delegations and parliamentary commitees. Read more, or plan a visit.