Research Project

Europe in transition – Small states and Europe in an age of global shifts (EUNOR )

2014 - 2017 (Completed) Project number: 238017/F10

What is the significance of the EU for small states in Europe today?

In this project we investigate how small states in general and Norway in particular balance between autonomy and integration.

We have studied how small states within and outside the EU responds to, adjusts, and adapts to the current European transition.

In the case of Norway, we have investigated how this plays out in both areas that are fully and partly covered by agreements with the EU (Internal market/EEA affairs, energy, foreign, security and defence) and in areas with no agreements with the EU (external trade and investments).

EUNOR is multi-disciplinary: involving economists, legal scholars and political scientists. It is a inter-institutional partnership between strong research milieus in Norway, and it is supported by a a strong international network of experts on small states and European integration.

The research is empirically based and theoretically informed, and it builds upon the research based Europe Review (2012). The project will deliver intellectually innovative research and provide relevant information to the public and well-grounded policy advice to decision makers.

The final conference for the project, titled Brexit and implications for the EU, EEA and Norway, was held on 30 October 2017. Click here for full programme.

See also the project's seminar series Norway meets Europe. Here you'll find earlier and upcoming NUPI events in the seminar series.

Publications from external project participants:


Research Council of Norway

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