Photo: Christophe Vander Eecken.Photo: Christophe Vander Eecken

‘Europe is lagging behind its global competitors. Through the EEA and Norway Grants, we are helping to stimulate job creation in Europe through innovation, research and education. Norwegian researchers and companies are also involved in many of the projects,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen.

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Forhåndsstem i utlandet fra 1. juli 2015

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The UN member states today agreed on a new, universal set of sustainable development goals for the next 15 years. The Sustainable Development Goals will replace the UN Millennium Development Goals at the beginning of next year, and they will combine the fight against poverty with a renewed effort to protect the environment. ‘The agreement reached in New York marks the start of an unparalleled...

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Pianist Tord Gustavsen at the Nordic Music Festival in Ankara, 2013.  Gustavsen will perform at Istanbul Jazz Festival on 9 July. 
Photo: Cihat Ertem / Flickr.

27 June marks the opening of Istanbul Jazz Festival, which will run until 15 July. The Nordic additions to this years’ festival can be experienced during the “European Jazz Club”, “Encounters with Masters” and “Northern Lights” events, with performances by Norwegian Jazz musicians Tord Gustavsen, Nils Petter Molvær, Eivind Aarset and Harald Lassen.

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EFTA and Turkey are negotiating an updated free trade agreement. 
Photo: Julie Normann Eikaas.

EFTA and Turkey held the third negotiation rounds regarding their free trade agreement in Ankara the 1st – 4th of June. The free trade agreement with Turkey is from 1992 and is EFTA’s oldest agreement.

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Photo: Tom Haga // Norwegian Seafood Council.

Norwegian smoked salmon and marinated salmon can now be found in Turkish grocery stores. These two variations of salmon are highly popular in Norway, and can be served in several different ways.

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'World Humanitarian Day is an important reminder that we are living in dramatic times. The world is experiencing large-scale humanitarian crises, and 60 million people have been forced to flee from their homes. Today, I am pleased to announce that Norway will provide a further NOK 50 million for Yemen and a number of forgotten crises,' Foreign Minister Børge Brende said.

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‘I condemn today’s terrorist attack in the Turkish town of Suruc in the strongest possible terms. My thoughts and sympathies are with those who have lost their loved ones, and with the people of Turkey,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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MILF handed over 75 high-power firearms to the Independent Decomissioning Body 16 June. 
Photo: Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

16 June marked an important step forward in the peace process between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government. MILF turned over 75 arms to the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB). Both Turkey and Norway plays important roles in the facilitative and monitoring work of IDB.

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Together with the three young chefs, Gökhan Dilmaç, Hasan Tatar and Altug Tezer, the Norwegian ambassador to Turkey cooked Norwegian Salmon with Turkish style. 
Photo: Berkan Güler.

On the occasion of the National Day of Norway, the Norwegian Ambassador to Turkey, Janis Bjørn Kanavin prepared Norwegian salmon with three award-winning young chefs at his residence on the 21 May. Organized by the Norwegian Seafood Council, this event was covered by various Turkish TV channels and Newspapers, who also got a taste of the Norwegian seafood.

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This weekend, the film festival Refugee Film Days is launched in Turkey. From 29 to 31 May, movies from several countries will be screened – among them four Norwegian documentary and fiction films.

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