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Norway and the EU towards 2030

2022 - 2024 (Ongoing)
Research project
This project takes a closer look at developments on key areas in the relationship between Norway and the EU towards 2030.

Norway and the EU towards 2030 is a three-year project led by the Department for Europe and Trade (European Policy Section) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with NUPI as an external partner.

The purpose of the project is to contribute to competence enhancement, analysis and debate on topics and policy areas where developments in the EU are of particular importance to Norwegian interests.

The project will work on developments within four main topics: 1) EU foreign, security and defence policy; 2) EU's Green Deal; 3) the EU's work on health preparedness; and 4) Democracy and the rule of law in the EU

The project also hosts regular seminars.

Seminars and Events


Nordic and Baltic Security Conference

Pernille Rieker participated in the panel "NATO Enlargement and European Security" at the Nordic Baltic Security Conference organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on 28-29th August. The panel discussed the EU as a security actor and the relationship between the EU and NATO.

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Seminar: The Hague Symposium on Space Diplomacy

Marianne Riddervold participated in the symposium on June 12, 2023, organized by The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Northeastern University, and Leiden University. Riddervold spoke about "The European Union: Alternatives for Geopolitical Competition".

Seminar: Safeguarding the rule of law and democracy in Europe using financial means

Christophe Hillion moderated a seminar on 24. mars 2023 which gave an overview over different mechanisms that the EU has set up in response to the deterioration of rule of law and democracy in Europe, with a particular focus on financial conditionality which is of relevance also in the EEA context.

Schuman security and defence forum 2023

Pernille Rieker participated on 20-21 mars at an event hosted by the European External Action Service (EEAS), which invited participants from think tanks from across Europe to provide input to  Joseph Borell and his team around the questions to be discussed at the forum on Tuesday 21 march at the European Parliament, which the researchers also attended. Programme can be found here.

EUISS Annual conference 2023

Pernille Rieker participates at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) 2023 annual conference, held in Brussels on June 27th.  The theme of the conference was trajectories for European security and defence, where Pernille Rieker participated on a panel titled "Engaging with partners for security and defence."

External contributions:

The future of the liberal world order

Anne Applebaum and Ulf Sverdrup are guests in this episode og Civita's podcast.

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Ønsker ingen ny pandemi uten EU-samarbeid

March 31, 2023

Norge jobber for full tilknytning til EUs styrkede helseberedskapssamarbeid på så like vilkår som EU-landene som mulig.

NUPI seminar about NATO and nordic security

June 17, 2022

On 14th June, a group of experts met in Oslo to discuss NATO and Nordic Security.

PODCAST: The EU’s role in European security and defence

May 13, 2022

On the 21 of March 2022, the Council of the EU adopted a Strategic Compass, a roadmap for the EU to become a stronger security and defence actor. But what does this really mean, and does it change the EUs role as a security actor in any significant way?

PODCAST: Can Europe get out of Russian gas?

April 2, 2022

In this new episode of The World Stage, Jarand Rystad, Jakub M. Godzimirski and Ulf Sverdrup take a closer look at European dependence of Russian gas and the possibilities that lies within Europe.

The Ukraine war and the NATO responses in the Baltic and the High North regions

March 24, 2022

The World Stage had a chance to talk to NATO General Jörg Vollmer and Lieutenant General Yngve Odlo about the challenges that Russia represents in the Baltic and High North Regions, and how NATO and Norway can best respond.



The War in Ukraine is All About Democracy vs Dictatorship

A dictatorship has just brutally attacked its democratic neighbor. It’s not the first time in history that happens, but there are good reasons to see ...
Publication : Kronikk

Riddervold: Avtaler med EU – lettere sagt enn gjort

EU utvikler nye mekanismer for beredskap og krisehåndtering på alt fra helse til sikker kommunikasjon, sikring av infrastruktur og tilgang til kritiske ...
Publication : Policy Brief
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Europeanisation of Norwegian security and defence policy. Nordic cooperation as vehicle.

With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, European security has been placed on high alert, highlighting the importance of both the EU and NATO as key, although ...

The European Union's space diplomacy: Contributing to peaceful co-operation?

The European Union (EU) has become a key player in space, second only to that of the USA. This article discusses what type of diplomatic actor the EU ...
Publication : Policy Brief
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More than just a petrol station: Norway's contribution to European Union's green strategic autonomy

The past five years have seen far-reaching changes in international politics and trade, all of which forced European policymakers to reconsider the role ...
Publication : Research Paper
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Keeping up with the emerging European Defence Union: synchronising third country participation

  • Steven Blockmans
Years of underspending combined with off-the-shelf weapons deliveries to support the Ukrainian armed forces has confronted EU countries with a threefold ...

Failing through: European migration governance across the central Mediterranean

Both today and under Gaddafi’s authoritarian rule, externalised migration controls have played a crucial role in EUropean irregular mobility governance ...
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Europeisk helsesamarbeid etter covid-19 pandemien

  • Frode Veggeland
  • Martin S. Time
Covid-19 pandemien er en av de største krisene i verden etter 1945. I Europa ble nasjonale myndigheter og EU-systemet utfordret med tanke på hvordan krisen ...
Publication : Academic article
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Making Sense of the European Side of the Transatlantic Security Relations in Africa

This article aims to investigate the character of transatlantic security relations in Africa: How can it be characterized? Have they become weaker or ...
Publication : Policy Brief
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The European Maritime Security and Defence Policy Architecture: Implications for Norway

Maritime security is high on the international and European security agenda, hence a number of new initiatives and actions have developed within the EU, ...

European defence beyond institutional boundaries: Improved European defence through flexibility, differentiation and coordination

As a response to the changing geopolitical situation, initiatives aimed to strengthen European defence have been taken in NATO, in the EU, but also bi- ...
Publication : Blog post

Blog Post | The EU as a diplomatic actor in space

Space diplomacy, defined as ‘processed of dialogue that result in outcomes of cooperation or conflict on a given space issue’, has shielded space from ...

Project Manager

Europe  The EU  Security policy  Governance  Climate  Defence  Diplomacy  Foreign policy  Regional integration  The Nordic countries

Ulf Sverdrup

Former Director

Tue 26 Sep 2023
Time: 13:30 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Polish elections – what’s left of the liberal order?

Poles head for the ballot boxes, amidst concerns about the health of democracy.

Tue 9 May 2023
Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Cyber defence and the EU’s cyber posture

What are the recently adopted EU cyber-related policies and how relevant are they in the current geopolitical context?

Fri 24 Mar 2023
Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Safeguarding the rule of law and democracy in Europe using financial means

The rule of law and democracy in Europe are under threat. What can the EU and Norway do?

Wed 15 Feb 2023
Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

EU-NATO cooperation: competition or complementarity?

Which challenges and possibilities lie within a closer EU-NATO cooperation? This is what we will dive into in this seminar with Daniel Fiott.