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Consequences for the seafood industry of termination of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement

2019 - 2020 (Completed)
The main aim of the project is the publication of a book in Norwegian about the consequences for the seafood industry if the EEA agreement is terminated.

This is an interdisciplinary cooperation and book project led by NUPI (Arne Melchior) and Nord University, Bodø (Frode Nilssen). The main aim of the project has been the publication of a book in Norwegian about the consequences for the seafood industry if the EEA agreement is terminated.

Abolition of the EEA is not an easy thing because Norway has a large number of related agreements with the EU beyond the EEA itself, and the EEA Agreement is embedded in laws and practice in a large number of fields. Termination of the EEA could therefore, unless Norway becomes a member of the EU, lead to negotiations with the EU about new modalities of cooperation in many areas.

This raises several issues that have also been relevant in the context of Brexit.

The book, titled Sjømatnæringen og Europa EØS og alternativene, was published at Universitetsforlaget in November 2020.

Click here to read the book open-access.

Funding program

This project is funded by the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF)


Bildet viser det norske flagget og EU-flagget som smelter sammen, med en blå bokforside lagt oppå.

Book launch: EEA and the alternatives – what about NOREXIT?

November 9, 2020

What are the alternatives to the EEA Agreement? What happens if Norway joins the EU, or if the EEA is terminated? A new book edited by Arne Melchior and Frode Nilssen looks into this.


Publication : Academic anthology

Sjømatnæringen og Europa. EØS og alternativene

The book examines the importance of the EEA for the seafood sector and the consequences if the EEA is replaced by EU membership or another type of trade ...
Publication : Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

Sjømatnæringen og Europa: EU-medlemskap, EØS eller NOREXIT?

EEA is a comprehensive agreement with thousands of legal acts incorporated into Norwegian law and practice. The number of legal acts varies strongly across ...
Publication : Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

Fra «fiskebrevet» til EØS: Betydningen av toll for norsk sjømateksport til EU

An “archeology of tariffs” reveals how current tariffs for Norwegian seafood are based on trade agreements negotiated with the EU over 50 years. Furthermore, ...
Publication : Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

Norges handelsforhandlinger med EU gjennom 50 år: Sakskoblinger og forhandlingsmakt

The chapter provides an historical review of Norway’s trade negotiations with the EU from 1973 until today, with particular focus on results for the seafood ...
Publication : Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

Utenlandsinvesteringer i sjømatnæringen og norsk tilknytning til EU

  • Hege Medin
  • Per Botolf Maurseth
This chapter discusses foreign direct investments in the seafood industry and the Norwegian relationship with the EU. While ownership in harvesting is ...
Publication : Report

Swiss-EU Relations With a Focus on the Current Situation

  • Michael Ambühl
Michael Ambühl has negotiated several Swiss-EU agreements and presents here (with co-author Lara Lenz) an overview of recent developments in the relationship, ...
Publication : ANTOLOGI

Interessekonflikter i norsk handelspolitikk

(This book in Norwegian): I handelspolitikken er det ofte et dilemma mellom offensive næringer som ønsker frihandel og best mulig tilgang til eksportmarkedene, ...

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Frode Nilssen, Christel Elvestad, Terje Mathiesen, Gisle Solvoll, Nord University
Edgar Henriksen, Nofima
Trond Bjørndal, SNF
Gordon Munro, Univ. of British Columbia
Frode Veggeland, NIBIO/UiO
Finn Arnesen and Markus Laurantzon, UiO
Per Botolf Maurseth, BI/NUPI