A survey by the organization Nei til EU (No to EU) shows that 75 of the newly elected members of parliament think Norway should join the union. 70 said no and 20 did not know or will not disclose their standpoint, writes Nationen. The 75 representatives who answer yes to the EU make up 44.4 percent of all elected representatives in the Norwegian Parliament.
Norway is not a member state of the European Union (EU), but is closely associated with the Union through its membership in the European Economic Area (EEA), in the context of being a European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member.
Currently, parties supporting or opposing EU membership are to be found in both right-wing and left-wing coalitions: as a result, most governments contain pro- and anti-EU elements. To avoid a new debate on EU, anti-EU parties usually require “suicide paragraphs” in government-coalition agreements, meaning that if some party in the coalition officially begins a new debate on EU, the government will fall. This has been true for both the previous centre-right Bondevik government and the current centre-left Stoltenberg government.
The previous general election (2009) saw an increase in support for the two pro-European parties: the Labour Party (Government) and the Conservative Party (opposition), whereas the Euro-sceptical parties (both in the governing coalition and in the opposition) stagnated.