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Norway continues into EU sidelines. There is more trouble on the horizon for Norway’s relationship with the EU. An internal reorganization could mean Norwegian politicians will have even less to say in the future. “I have experienced [Baroness Catherine] Ashton as very accessible until now, but she will have a very large workload. This concerns us,” Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre tells Aftenposten. Baroness Ashton is the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and head of the EU’s new EEAS (European Union External Action Service), set up following last year’s Treaty of Lisbon.

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Norway continues into EU sidelines

Published on Wednesday, 10th November, 2010 at 11:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 25th January 2011 at 11:53.

There is more trouble on the horizon for Norway’s relationship with the EU. An internal reorganization could mean Norwegian politicians will have even less to say in the future.

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“I have experienced [Baroness Catherine] Ashton as very accessible until now, but she will have a very large workload. This concerns us,” Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre tells Aftenposten.

Baroness Ashton is the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and head of the EU’s new EEAS (European Union External Action Service), set up following last year’s Treaty of Lisbon.

The EEAS will be staffed by personnel from departments of the European Commission and General Secretariat of the Council, amongst others. Responsibility for Norway and the EEA agreement will be allocated to one desk, which will, in turn, be part of a larger department in charge of other non-member states.

Foreign Minister Støre says he fears Norway’s will have even less influence in European matters than it has now.

“It is not given that Norway’s position will be weakened, but there is reason for some concern this may be the result,” he says.

Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, the Conservative Party’s (H) head of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, is not surprised.

“Norway’s loss of its privileged position in the EU is old news; this [re-organisational] process has been going on for a while and has reinforced itself following the Treaty [of Lisbon]. The EU has less time for Norway and the EEA. It will become harder for Norway to be heard,” she says.

The Foreign Minister believes this gives Norway a challenging task, but chooses to remain optimistic.

“The EU and Norway have common interests and the EU is interested in Norway. The foundations will still be there, and we must try to build on them.”



Published on Wednesday, 10th November, 2010 at 11:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 25th January 2011 at 11:53.

This post has the following tags: baroness, catherine, ashton, eu, eea, eeas, jonas, gahr, stoere, foreign, minister, ine, marie, eriksen, soereide, conservative, party.





  
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