The Norwegian model post Brexit: The future of Norway’s relationship with the EU
Marit Berger Røsland, Norwegian Minister for EEA and EU Affairs
Today at 2.45p.m. The IIEA, 8, North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1
Issued: Wednesday, 8 November
Ahead of her talk at the IIEA this afternoon, Minister Røsland said: “The UK’s withdrawal from the EU means that Norway needs a new, comprehensive bilateral agreement with the UK in the areas that today are covered by the EEA Agreement and Norway’s other agreements with the EU.”
She continued: “Norway would like to have the opportunity to be included in the arrangements to be agreed between the EU and the UK, where this is relevant and in Norway’s interests. This applies to both permanent and transitional arrangements.”
About the Speech:
Over the past year the ‘Norwegian model’ has been much discussed as a potential blueprint for the future relationship between the UK and the EU post Brexit, particularly in regards to solutions for Northern Ireland.
Norway’s membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) has underpinned its relationship with the European Union for 25 years. As a member of the EU internal market, Norway has a stake in both the UK’s withdrawal negotiations, and the nature of the EU’s future relationship with the United Kingdom.
About the Speaker:
Marit Berger Røsland was appointed Norway’s Minister for EEA and EU Affairs on 20 October 2017. Prior to this appointment, she served as a State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 2016 to 2017, in the Ministry of Justice and Public Security from 2015 to 2016 and in the Office of the Prime Minister from 2014 to 2015.
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