Norway-Ukraine: Different modes of successful association with the EU: the Norwegian model

Mini seminar at the Norwegian Mission to the EU, 23 June 2017

EU Coordinators from more than ten key public offices had on 23 June a mini seminar on the Norwegian EEA model of association with the EU. The seminar was arranged as part of a four days study visit to Brussels organized.

The aim of the seminar was to provide information on how Norway – as a non-EU member – is following EU work and contribute to the European integration process. This is based the Norway’s 24 years’ experience through participation in the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).

The seminar is a direct follow up of the Joint Statement to strengthen the dialogue between Ukraine and Norway on European integration signed in April this year (between  Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ms Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and Minister of EEA and EU Affairs of Norway Mr Frank Bakke-Jensen.)

For Ukraine, this dialogue will be an integral element in its efforts to move closer to EU accession and its process of political and economic integration with the EU.

At the seminar Norway presented key elements in national strategies; organization of the work and presented in more detail, how the Ministry of  Health and Care Services work both in Norway and with the EU institutions in Brussels and Luxemburg.

Both Ukraine and Norway is engaged in two of the EU key programmes; Horizon 2020 - EU Research and Innovation programme and ERASMUS+ - EUs programme to support education, training, youth and sport. One issue is how to make better use of the possibilities under the programmes.

The seminar opened for closer contacts between officials from the two countries – more wind in the flags! As a concrete step, Ukrainian civil servants on visit to Brussel were invited to contact counsellors at the Mission of Norway to the EU. Closer dialog on subject matters on the process of alignment to the EU legislative frame will also make it easier to identify follow up actions (projects) between our two countries. The process will strengthen the contacts in Kiev, Oslo and Brussels. 

Under the Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce (NUCC), the programme for Young Entrepreneurs, sectors of IT startups, energy, sea food and tourism have been identified. NUCC complements and strengthens the ongoing bilateral work.