The Norwegian Delegation, led by Mr Øyvind HALLERAKER (first vice chair, Conservative Party), hosted the meeting with the European Parliament (EP) Delegation, led by Mr Jørn DOHRMANN (chairperson, European Conservatives and Reformists Group, Denmark).
The Delegations have taken stock of the current state of EU-Norway relations and shared the assessment that in general the relations are excellent and developing positively. Both delegations expressed their satisfaction that the EEA remains the main framework for EU-Norway cooperation, underlining at the same time that this cooperation goes much beyond the EEA, including such areas as foreign and security policy, tackling the migration crisis and the fight against terrorism.
The Delegations underlined the importance of this close collaboration in the current particularly challenging geopolitical situation. The Delegations exchanged views on several other topics, including current negotiations between the EU and Norway on the trade in agricultural products, and the continued effort to reduce the amount of legislation adopted by the EU not taken into the EEA Agreement.
Moreover, the Interparliamentary Meeting focused on the following topics in particular: - Relations between the EU and Norway, with addresses by: - Mr Frank Bakke-Jensen, Minister for EEA and EU Affairs, Norway - H.E. Ms Helen Campbell, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Norway Foreign policy cooperation and relations with Russia
- Arctic policy and the on-going European Parliament report on an integrated EU policy for the Arctic
Economic and political challenges to the future of the Single Market
- Norwegian child welfare service - Barnevernet
- Schengen/Dublin and the migration crisis in Europe
The next Interparliamentary Meeting is scheduled to take place in Brussels in 2018.