EU programme participation

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Through the EEA Agreement and bilateral agreements with the EU, Norway currently participates in 12 EU programmes and 21 EU agencies. In addition, Norway participates in the work of five agencies that manage EU programmes.

The EEA EFTA states participate on an equal footing with EU member states and areas covered include anything from research cooperation and statistics to health and traffic safety.

Programmes, 2014–2020:

  • Horizon 2020
  • Erasmus +
  • Galileo
  • Creative Europe
  • Connecting Europe Facility (ICT part)
  • European Statistical Programme
  • Health for Growth
  • Union Civil Protection Mechanism
  • Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations (ISA) Programme
  • Employment and Social Innovation        
  • Consumer Programme
  • Copernicus programme

Norway also has a bilateral arrangement for participation in interregional programmes under the EU’s Regional Policy.

As of 2014, Norway participates in the following EU agencies:

  • Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)***
  • European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders (FRONTEX)**
  • European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
  • European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)
  • European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
  • European Defence Agency (EDA)*
  • European Environment Agency (EEA)
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFUND)
  • European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) Supervisory Authority
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
  • European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)*
  • European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)
  • Europol (the EU’s law enforcement agency)*
  • European Railway Agency (ERA)
  • European Research Council Executive Agency (ERC)***
  • European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC)*
  • European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST)*
  • Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)***
  • Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC)***
  • Research Executive Agency (REA)***
  • European Police College (CEPOL)


* Bilateral agreement between the EU and Norway
** Norway participates through its Schengen membership
*** Norway participates through related programmes