Norway wants to join the EU Defense Fund, plans to continue Erasmus and Horizon Europe programs

Ine Eriksen SøreidePhoto: Fredrik Hagen / NTB

The list of EU programs that the Norwegian government wants to join is ready. Important education and research programs will continue, while the EU Defense Fund is new on the list.

The EU’s commitment to digitalization and green transition is clear in the programs Norway has chosen to join, the government noted in a press release.

“For Norway, these are important priorities that we want to be a part of and that affect a number of areas of society,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) said. The programs are part of the EU’s long-term budget, which runs until 2027.

“Program cooperation is a central part of Norway’s cooperation with the EU. Through several of the programs, Norway will have access to important research, infrastructure, and technology that we can hardly develop alone,” Eriksen Søreide noted.

Horizon Europe and Erasmus

In research and education, the collaboration is continued through Horizon Europe and the Erasmus+ exchange program.

Norway also wants to join the EU Defense Fund (EDF) in this budget period.

“The EDF will contribute to the joint development of defense equipment and defense technology in Europe. Norwegian participation is important for Norwegian industrial and R&D actors and contributes to improving access to the European defense market,” Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen (H) accentuated.

The Norwegian parliament (Storting) must give its consent to the proposal for Norwegian participation in the relevant programs. The government expects approval during the spring.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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