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Updated: Norway drifts eastwards for Brussels. Norway’s hopes of continuing its special status in the bureaucratic EU corridors could be dashed. The EU’s new EEAS (European Union External Action Service) has pushed it eastwards towards Russia. The EEAS, established following the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon, falls under the jurisdiction of Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Norway used to belong to Directorate C headed by Alan Seatter, a group of developed countries including North America, East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and non-EU Western Europe. Under the new structure, it now joins Russia, the Western Balkans, and Eastern Partnership.

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Updated: Norway drifts eastwards for Brussels

Published on Wednesday, 26th January, 2011 at 09:33 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:26.

Norway’s hopes of continuing its special status in the bureaucratic EU corridors could be dashed. The EU’s new EEAS (European Union External Action Service) has pushed it eastwards towards Russia.

Jonas Gahr Støre and Baroness Ashton
Jonas Gahr Støre and Baroness Ashton
Photo: US Embassy Brussels, Freddy Moris/MFA


The EEAS, established following the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon, falls under the jurisdiction of Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Norway used to belong to Directorate C headed by Alan Seatter, a group of developed countries including North America, East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and non-EU Western Europe. Under the new structure, it now joins Russia, the Western Balkans, and Eastern Partnership.

As a former part of the Directorate General RELEX together with the other EFTA (European Free Trade Agreement) states, there were high hopes Norway would get its own desk in the recent reorganisation in how the EU administers non-member countries.

Norway it is now part of a desk with responsibility for all the EEA countries. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre believes contact and access are more important than title and localisation on the EU’s organisational chart.

“It is positive that management of Norway’s relationship is continued in one place in the EU’s new EEAS. This can make it easier to obtain a broad dialogue and look at different questions contextually,” he tells Aftenposten, retaining his optimism about a future dedicated Norwegian desk.

 Ine M Eriksen Søreide, head of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, does not share his view.

“We must face the fact that our affiliation with the EU is not particularly forward-looking,” Conservative (H) politician, tells Aftenposten.

The latest opinion poll conducted for Nationen and Klassekampen shows over 60 percent of Norwegians are against joining the EU.




Published on Wednesday, 26th January, 2011 at 09:33 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:26.

This post has the following tags: jonasgahrstoere, ineeriksensoereide, norwegianparliament, eu, baronesscatherineashton, eeas, relex, efta, eea, alanseatter.





  
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