Europe is in transition. Migration, sanctions, the Euro, TTIP and energy are some key words in the European debate the last months. Europe is under pressure in several areas as structural weaknesses in the EU system had been uncovered. At the same time, we se the outline of a renewed and intensified collaboration in a number og areas. We see the silhouette of a new foreign policy and a new trade policy. What direction will Europe take, and what does this move mean for small states like Norway? Is Europe and EU becoming more or less relevant?
Vidar Helgesen, Minister for European Economic Area and EU Affairs, will present his views on Europe's development and challenges. We will also present recent results from our research project on EU and Norway.
This conference is organized as part of the project EUNOR and is part of NUPI's seminar series "Norway meets Europe".
Program 12.00 - 4 p.m.
12.30-12.40: Welcome by Ulf Sverdrup
12.40-13.00: Europe in transition – Norway and Europe in an age of global shifts.Keynote remarks by Vidar Helgesen (Norwegian Minister for European Affairs)
14.00-15.00: Presentation of the first research results
14.00-14.15: WP 1 on EEA: Presentation of the article: «On the babylonish turn in Norwegian Law» (Finn Arnesen)
14.15-14.30: WP 2 on Energy: New book: Presentation of chapter on the situation of Norwegian gas on the European gas market (Jakub Godzimirski)
14.30-14.45: WP 3 on Security: New book: External Governance as Security Community-Building. The limits and potential of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Presentation of main findings and potential implications for Norway (Pernille Rieker)
14.45-15.00: WP 4 on Trade: New book: “Conflicts of interests in Norway’s trade relations”, presentation of chapter on the EU as trade actor and Norway’s negotiations with the EU (Arne Melchior)
15.00-16.00 Comments & QA
15.00-15.15: Comments: Kjetil Wiedsvang