The European Union (EU), established by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, is a continuation of the European cooperation initiated after the end of the Second World War.
The basic idea underlying the founding of the EU was to draw the countries of Europe into mutual interdependence through greater cooperation. Commitment to binding agreements between members was intended to lessen the likelihood of war and conflict. This increased cooperation has been pursued in depth (by including more and more new members) and in depth (by expanding to more and more political areas). Norway is not a member of the EU, but is closely linked to it through the EEA agreement on economic cooperation, the Schengen Agreement on police cooperation and border controls, and various other agreements. Relations with the EU have become an important component of Norwegian foreign policy.
EU research at NUPI focuses on questions such as:
- What is happening within EU foreign policy and defence politics?
- How does the EU handle its neighbourhood relations to the Middle East and North Africa?
- How does the EU deal with issues related to energy security?
- How can the EU handle a new global role after the financial crisis?
- What is the role of small states in shaping the EU and its policies?
NUPI has been a member of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) since November 2015. TEPSA is the first transeuropean research network. Click here for more information about TEPSA.
News about the eu
2 Mar 2017
Should energy policies serve the nation, or the European community?
2 Dec 2016
‘Europe needs a more consistent security policy’, explains senior research fellow Nina Græger (NUPI). Through an exchange programme for Nordic researchers she has been working with that issue in close collaboration with Swedish colleagues.
2 Nov 2016
If Norway chooses to join the potential trade agreement between USA and the EU (TTIP), this will gain Norwegian economy considerably, according to a report on TTIP that was published on Wednesday.
Publications about the eu
2017This book contributes to an ongoing debate about the EU as a global actor, the organization’s ability to speak with one voice in energy affairs, and the external dimension of the regulatory state. Investigating whether the Energy Union amounts to a fundamental shift towards Europe's new 'Liberal...
2016European security is at a critical juncture and many have called for a more coherent and efficient response, involving both the EU and NATO. However, the primary tool for EU–NATO cooperation, “Berlin Plus”, has been stuck in a political quagmire since the mid-2000s, making a lot of scholars to conclude...
- Publication : NUPI Report
Research projects about the eu
2017 - 2018 (Ongoing)
The ISPO Workshop Series will develop new and innovative analytical tools and vocabularies to help understand current developments in global politics.
Can cooperative Russian and Western Arctic policies survive the current crisis in Russian-Western relations? (CANARCT)2016 - 2019 (Ongoing)
This project will addresse Russia's Arctic policy provisions compared with other states. Can cooperative Russian and Western Arctic policies survive the current crisis in Russian-Western relations?
2015 - 2016 (Ongoing)
What roles can the Nordic countries play in China’s emerging European engagement?