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The Foreigner Norway and EU talk Brexit. Erna Solberg met with President of the European Council in Brussels. They discussed Brexit talks, energy and climate, foreign policy issues, the Paris agreement and a pro-trade agenda. President Donald Tusk spoke, Thursday, of the importance of Norway’s relationship with the EU. He also highlighted the 25 years in which Norway has played a part in the European Economic area (EEA). “It’s times like these that it is more important than ever to have a strong and close partner like Norway, a partner who shares the same values and with whom we can work together with common European challenges. [The] European Union’s relations with Norway are close and are continuing to evolve.”

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Norway and EU talk Brexit

Published on Monday, 8th May, 2017 at 23:06 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

Erna Solberg met with President of the European Council in Brussels. They discussed Brexit talks, energy and climate, foreign policy issues, the Paris agreement and a pro-trade agenda.



President Donald Tusk spoke, Thursday, of the importance of Norway’s relationship with the EU. He also highlighted the 25 years in which Norway has played a part in the European Economic area (EEA).

“It’s times like these that it is more important than ever to have a strong and close partner like Norway, a partner who shares the same values and with whom we can work together with common European challenges. [The] European Union’s relations with Norway are close and are continuing to evolve.”

During the conference, President Tusk stressed the importance of having a close dialogue in view of the upcoming Brexit with the EU. Keeping the door open to talks with Norway, who are not members of the EU, however, are closely connected to the internal market.

Climate cooperation

The European Council President and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg discussed energy and climate cooperation and their determination to implement the Paris Agreement.

“No-one proves it better than Norway how it is perfectly possible to combine being an important supplier of gas and renewable energy, the Norwegian example should provide encouragement to our American friends that climate change can only be faced by climate global action,” stated Donald Tusk.

US President Donald Trump decided in March this year to unravel U.S policies for fighting global warming, much to the dismay of the European Union.

As part of the Paris Agreement, the EU is awaiting confirmation as to whether the United States will commit to fighting climate change.

The U.S administration is currently debating whether the country should stay in the Paris Climate Agreement, which could result in a diplomatic fallout.

Nearly 200 nations agreed to lower greenhouse gas emissions in 2016. Norway was amongst the first to join the accord.

Norway continues to fulfil its climate emission targets together with the European Union, with plans for Norway to reduce emissions by 2030 to just 2 per cent.  

Russia and Ukraine

During last week’s meeting in Brussels, talks also turned to the relations with Russia and Ukraine.

President Tusk spoke of the real victim, referring to Ukraine, and that the EU will continue to work in developing Ukraine and to “cooperate when it comes to sanctions with Russia.”

Brexit and Norway

Tusk rounded up his speech about Brexit, reporting that the stakes are too high to let emotions get out of hand, and referring to the lives of millions on both sides of the channel.

“We must keep in mind that in order to succeed we need discretion, moderation, mutual respect and a maximum of good will.”

In response, Erna Solberg said the meeting had been very good and confirmed the close partnership with the EU.

Norway will be able to deliver its opinions on the United Kingdom leaving the EU, as Norway will be directly affected.

“The United Kingdom is the biggest trading partner for Norway if you count oil and gas into that, and we are of course very concerned about how arrangements will be in the future between the EU and the UK,” said the Norwegian PM.



Published on Monday, 8th May, 2017 at 23:06 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

This post has the following tags: eu, brexit, trade, climate, uk, oil, gas, energy, paywall.





  
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