Tag Archives: European Union

Norwegian researchers hooked on EU research

Map of the European Union

For half of the participants from Norway involved in EU research programs, one EU research project is not enough. Once they have cracked the code and gained access to the world of European research cooperation, many give priority to the largest research arena in the world According to figures published in the EU statistics database from ...

Fridtjof Nansen under fire in Somalia

Two sailors were killed in an exchange of fire off the northeast coast of Somalia on Nov. 1, after apparently trying to attack a Norwegian warship, Somali officials and an EU naval commander said. Three others were injured in the incident at around 1:00 am (2200 GMT Saturday) when fishing boats were stopped and checked at ...

Finnish PM wants Norway to join EU

Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen says in an interview with YLE News that he would like to see Norway join the European Union. Today, Denmark, Finland and Sweden are members of EU, while Iceland, Denmark and Norway are NATO members. Vanhanen would like to see all of the Nordic Countries in the European Union and the euro ...

EU officials warn of disappearing cod

Cod is slipping closer to disappearing from key European fishing grounds, officials warned Friday, saying that only steep catch cuts will prevent the disappearance of a species prized for centuries for its flaky white flesh, reports the Associated Press. The European Union's executive body called for sharp cuts in the amount of cod fisherman can catch ...

Norway to continue with military border guards

Norwegian Border Guard. Photo: Grensekom.no

Despite EU’s Schengen recommendations, Norway wants to continue with military conscripts to guard the border to Russia, writes the Barents Observer. EU’s Schengen recommendations and best practices guidelines for external borders control says the border guard force should be specially trained professionals. A Norwegian Official Report presented this week strongly recommend continuing with military conscripts as guards ...

Norwegian Ambassador fears EU isolation

Oda Helen Sletnes, Norwegian Ambassador to the EU Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Non-EU member Norway is growing increasingly frustrated over its lack of influence over Brussels' decision making process, reports the EU Observer. Norway's ambassador to the European Union, Oda Helen Sletnes, has written in a report saying Oslo's interests are getting harder to defend, as the EU is expanding its competences beyond Norway's participation. In the report, Sletnes said Norway cannot ...

Norway, Croatia to join EU’s anti-piracy mission

Norway is to send two frigates to join the European Union's anti-piracy mission in Somalia, and Croatia is also set to send ships, the EU's top diplomat said Monday. The two countries' decision is an 'important addition' to EU Operation Atalanta, EU High Representative Javier Solana said after talks with EU foreign ministers in Brussels. At the ...

“No EU application from Norway”

The Socialist Left Party (SV) and the Centre Party (SP) have made it clear that an application for Norwegian EU membership is ruled out in the next four years, if the red-green government is re-elected in September. "For SP it is an absolute condition that an application will not be submitted during the next four years," says SP ...

Iceland’s EU Application Has Impact in Norway

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland’s application for membership to the European Union will without a doubt have an impact in Norway and give the right-wing parties a reason to discuss the EU again, according to Norwegian journalist Ingrid Skjoetskift, who specializes in EU matters. Norway has twice applied for membership to the EU and on both occasions the membership agreement ...

Norway law exchange program suspended

  Exchange program between The University of North Dakota's (UND) Law School and the University of Oslo (UiO) has been suspended. UND officials say an exchange program between the UND law school and the UiO in Norway has been suspended after 27 years. UND's interim provost, Paul LeBel, says the UiO is raising questions about sending students to the ...