The Norwegian Government’s Strategy for cooperation with EU in 2016 and 2017 is an ambitious policy, because Norway has as a main priority to support EU with renewable energy and to build the necessary infrastructure to make it happen.
Energy policy is one of five main priorities in the cooperation between the Norwegian Government and the EU. The main focus in the energy policy is to support EU with renewable energy. Building high-voltage power lines between Norway and European countries could contribute to make the energy market more efficient and to improve the security of energy supplies.
Cross-border power lines have advantages for all the countries involved, they give better use of electricity supply systems, more effective use of resources and greater security of supply. It also give opportunities for greater integration of renewable energy into the supply systems. But, the building of new power lines will cost a lot of money.
The Norwegian Government looks at Norway as a major energy exporter and a participant in the internal energy market through the EEA Agreement, and the Government therefore see it as important for Norway to take part in the development of EU energy policy.
The Norwegian Government encourage investments in research, environmental technology, infrastructure and tecnological innovations, and projects as the GREBE project, that focus on international cooperation to solve problem in the high-carbon economy, by using renewable energy as an instrument to create new opportunities for the business sector in several countries.
By participating in international cooperation on regional policy (EU NPA programme), Norway is contributing to the exchage of experience with other European countries and regions. This exchange and cooperation is valuable for Norwegian regional policy and business development. The EEA Agreement does not include the EU’s regional policy, but Norway is a partner in several of the EU’s regional development programmes, in this case the GREBE-Project and the Northern Periphery Programme.