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The alternatives to the EEA

EEA: It is almost thirty years since the EEA agreement was negotiated. The time should come for a political inventory.

Sverre Jervell
Jervell (b. 1943) is a former Norwegian diplomat who, among other things, has worked in the Foreign Minister's secretariat and the Foreign Ministry's analysis department.

Let us initially note two heavy items on the plus side of the list regarding the EEA agreement:

First, through the agreement, Norway received an agreement that regulates relations with EU co-operation. This is important since no Norwegian government would be able to handle relations with the EU without having a comprehensive agreement at the bottom. And secondly, the EEA agreement ensured "family peace" in Norwegian politics for three decades by putting an end to the upsetting EU debate from 1972 and 1994.

Had the upsetting EU conflict continued, Norwegian politics would have been wounded. Labor would have major problems internally; it would hardly have been possible to establish red-green governments; and Erna Solberg's bourgeois government project would hardly have brought with it an increasingly EU-critical Frp. Norway could enter an unstable period where it became difficult to form majority governments.

Our national compromise

Today, the EEA agreement has become our de facto national compromise in the EU case. It rests on broad support in the population and in the Storting.
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