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Norway and the EU have initialled an agreement on Norway’s contribution for a new period of the EEA and Norway Grants, with a view to reducing social and economic disparities in Europe. Parallel negotiations on better access for Norway to the EU market for its seafood have also been concluded.

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The city hall of Bergen. 
Photo: Roine Johansson/Flickr.

In September, there will be election to the municipal and county councils in Norway. Local self-governance is a vital part of the Norwegian democracy.

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Steinar Egil Hagen. 
Photo: Photo: Norway MFA/Espen Røst.

The Norwegian foreign minister Børge Brende visited Croatia to participate in the Croatia Forum in Dubrovnik. He also participated in the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Srebrenica massacre.

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Photo: Martijn Munneke, Flickr.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Børge Brende, travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 11 July to participate in the 20-year commemoration of the genocide in Srebrenica. More than 8000 boys and men were killed by Bosnian-Serb military forces in Srebrenica in July 1995.

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Foreign Minister Børge Brende visited a school in the eartquake area in Nepal in June 2015. Photo: Astrid Sehl/MFA, Oslo

Leaders from all over the world will meet in Oslo on 6–7 July to garner support for a joint effort to promote education in countries affected by conflict, crisis and poverty. Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende will open the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafza...

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A call for proposals for projects aimed at strengthening of the human rights organizations was published within the EEA and Norway grants NGO programme.

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Norway congratulates Croatia with its two first years in the European Union. Our country is a warm supporter of the cooperation between European countries, and encourages EU integration in South-East Europe. However, why has a non-EU country been supporting the Croatian EU-path, you might ask?

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Nidarosdomen in Trondheim. Photo: Mariusz Kluzniak / Flickr

Did you know that several Norwegian cities have established official relations to Croatian cities, such as Zagreb and Split? The cities of Tromsø, Trondheim and Sandnes are living symbols of the friendship between our two countries, and we are sure that the local inhabitants will welcome you in a friendly way.

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The project partners also advised Croatian leaders to reform the labor market, and to increase the knowledge of social dialogue among both employers and employees.
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Photo: SSSH.

The conclusions and recommendations from “The tripartite social dialogue project” was presented in Zagreb 6 July. Partly thanks to the support from the EEA and Norway grants, common ground has been found between employers, employees and the government for a constructive social dialogue.

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