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Norway PM woos EU on Directives. The Norwegian head of state says togetherness is increasingly important in these oil price challenges times. Erna Solberg met three EU top dogs in Brussels, Wednesday. She spoke with incumbent European Council President Donald Tusk, newly-elected EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. Norway’s Minister of EU and EEA Affairs, Vidar Helgesen, is also present. Terrorism, energy, the climate, Ukraine, Russia, foreign policy, and Norway-EU ties were some of the topics on the agenda.

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Norway PM woos EU on Directives

Published on Thursday, 22nd January, 2015 at 11:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The Norwegian head of state says togetherness is increasingly important in these oil price challenges times.

L-R: Erna Solberg, Martin Schulz
Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz in Brussels.L-R: Erna Solberg, Martin Schulz
Photo: Juha Roininen/EUP-IMAGES/PM's Office


Erna Solberg met three EU top dogs in Brussels, Wednesday. She spoke with incumbent European Council President Donald Tusk, newly-elected EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. Norway’s Minister of EU and EEA Affairs, Vidar Helgesen, is also present.

Terrorism, energy, the climate, Ukraine, Russia, foreign policy, and Norway-EU ties were some of the topics on the agenda.

Stating that she was “pleased for this opportunity to meet the new leaders of the EU institutions,” the Norwegian PM added that their meetings “have confirmed the strong and fruitful cooperation between Norway and the EU.”

Germany’s Mr Schulz commented on his Twitter account that it is always good to meet close allies who share more than geographical proximity with the EU.

“The EU's relations with Norway are close and stable, and continue to evolve,” said Poland’s Donald Tusk. “Today, we took stock of the negotiations on updating the framework for the EU-Norway relations, the European Economic Area. I am confident that we will be able to conclude them in the near future,” Poland’s Donald Tusk declared in a statement.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg sees Norway’s EU Directive implementation speed as being excessively tardy, some 20 years after EU membership received a resounding “nei” for the second time.

“We also have to cease [with our] requirements for exemption, the EU Postal Directive being one example,” she told Norwegian business daily Dagens Næringsliv.

“The EEA Agreement is incredibly important in relation to the current situation in Norway, with the need for adaptation. It’s our anchor to the Inner Market. It contributes to equal market access for Norwegian businesses. That’s why it’s very important that we’re not the country that is constantly requesting exceptions and special arrangements when it comes to us having several legs to stand on now.”

Norway’s oil industry is currently noticing the effects of an oil price decline, with redundancies, lowered interest rate, and falling confidence in the economy.

“A less oil-dependent Norway will mean that we’re more dependent on the EU market. Oil and gas have been major commodities for the EU. Other goods and industries will compete on the market in a completely different way. This means that equal framework conditions and knowledge of the EU system becomes more important,” said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz stated that the EU and Norway share a lot of common ground when it comes to energy.

“Norway remains our reliable partner as an important supplier of gas and oil. It is also becoming more interconnected with the internal energy market. Our close cooperation is crucial for EU's energy security and for the Energy Union, which we are constructing,” he concluded.



Published on Thursday, 22nd January, 2015 at 11:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: eu, oil, trade, norway.





  
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