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TO JOIN, OR NOT TO JOIN? NUPI has led a review on the possible impications and consequences for Norway joining the potential TTIP agreement between EU and the USA. The report was handed over to Monica Mæland, Minister og Trade and Industry, on 2 November.

Research project

TTIP – implications and options for Norway

2016 (Completed)

NUPI has, jointly with other research groups in Norway and abroad, analyzed the consequences for Norway of a free trade agreement between the EU and the USA (TTIP – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

This project was announced by the Ministry of Trade and Fisheries with call deadline in February, and a consortium led by NUPI was later been awarded the project. The project has had a budget of 3 million NOK.

TTIP raised issues about how Norway as a small country can adapt to the international race for free trade agreements (FTAs), and e.g. whether Norway’s agriculture has to be liberalized if we are to obtain the FTAs we need in order to safeguard the interest of Norwegian export industries. The project is an important input into the debate and decision-making on Norway’s choices.

The main project report was presented to the Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries Monica Mæland at a NUPI seminar on 2 November 2016.

The Norwegian version has the title TTIP og Norge: Virkninger og handlingsvalg and is available here. A slightly updated version is also available at this link.

An English version of the project report was published 20 December 2016 and has the title TTIP and Norway: Impact and trade policy options.

The project has been implemented by an inter-disciplinary research team:

  • NUPI has lead the project and undertake analysis in the economic, judicial and political science areas.
  • Ifo Institute at the University of Munich has carried out economic model analysis of TTIP and related agreements involving Norway. 
  • NIBIO has analyzed the consequences for Norwegian agriculture and food industry of TTIP and related agreements involving Norway.
  • Menon Business Economics has analyzed trade in services in the context of relevant trade agreements.
  • Researchers at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo has jointly with NUPI addressed legal aspects of TTIP and Norwegian agreement options, including issues of state-investor dispute settlement (ISDS).


Ministry of Trade and Fisheries