They met the new President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the new president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.
– I am glad for this opportunity to meet the new leaders of the EU institutions. The meetings today have confirmed the strong and fruitful cooperation between Norway and the EU, Prime Minister Solberg said.
A major theme in the meetings has been solidarity and cooperation in Europe and internationally to protect the common values and public safety. Norway and the EU have already cooperated well with the Schengen Agreement and on foreign and security policy.
Norway will participate actively in discussions on further joint efforts against terrorism and intolerance. Norway will also contribute to the EU’s regional development and protection programs to alleviate the humanitarian crisis around the Mediterranean.
Other areas of cooperation between Norway and the EU were also discussed.
– EEA Agreement is a very solid foundation for cooperation between Norway and the EU. Norway and the EU are also natural allies in the negotiations to achieve an ambitious global climate agreement in Paris later this year. In addition we have also had good discussions on energy cooperation and the situation in Russia and Ukraine, the Prime Minister said.