September 24, 2021

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EEA, EU | Abid Raja:

Abid Raja believes that SP and SV are Norwegians and that we are a threat to EEA freedoms. “Bullshit” and “Incomplete Information”, SP and SV.


The war for the EEA has become a hot potato in the election campaign. Nubi’s studies show that EAA support is 44 percent among the Norwegian population, while the Centio survey shows that 66 percent hold a firm majority EAA agreement.

Both the Central Party (SP) and the Socialist Left (SV) want Norway to withdraw from the EEA agreement and reconsider a new agreement with the European Union. Culture Minister Abid Raja (V) warns that if Norway withdraws from the EEA agreement now, Norwegian transfer students and traveling Norwegians will lose many freedoms and rights.

The online newspaper meets King at the Law Faculty in Oslo, where the minister was a student 20 years ago. He hopes that passport-free travel through the Schengen area, the right to health care in EU countries, cheap roaming services during European holidays and the Erasmus Exchange program will disappear in the event of an EEA withdrawal.

Raja believes that the EEA policy of SP and SV is a direct threat to these freedoms.

– Stop the nonsense you do. Raja tells Netavision that damaging the EEA agreement not only endangers Norwegian jobs, Norwegian exports and climate, but also actually threatens the freedom of Norwegian students and Norwegians when traveling in Europe.

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– Tired of this dirty

Neither SV nor Sp believe that any freedom enjoyed by Norwegians under the current EEA agreement is at risk of being revoked by the EEA.

– These are completely uninformed campuses. It’s a hopeless party that will find straw men and scare the shit out of others’ images, SV vice president Torkir Knock told FileKess Network.

Abid Raja can now forget any hint that we will burn all the bridges to the EU. This fits in with many of the lies that characterize Norwegian politics at the moment, and Fileknes says I am very tired.

– This is nonsense coming from the king’s side. He knows this is not right. We have said that we will replace the EEA with a better deal with the European Union. Policy Spokesman, Sigbjørn Gjelsvik, for the online newspaper.

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Coffee Laddu youth from big cities

Raja says that if the Erasmus Exchange project is abandoned, many Norwegian students will miss out on the unique opportunity of getting good funding abroad.

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– The Center wants the party to be only for coffee laddu youths from big cities going abroad to study. I know a lot of young people in the countryside who want to take a semester abroad. Raja says SV and SP are a direct threat to our contracts and a direct threat to the well-being of students and, among other things, mentions the Erasmus project.

The Erasmus program ensures that Norwegian university students can study for two semesters for free at another university in Europe. The program allocates students 400 400 a month in monthly support in addition to Lunacason’s regular student support.

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– It can be very expensive to travel, live or study in Europe

Raja believes that if the generous Erasmus project is negotiated, exchange studies in Europe will be more expensive and will only be allocated to a few.

– Traveling, living or studying in Europe can be very expensive, says Raja.

Gelswick says the SP can guarantee that it will never contract with the EU, which includes the freedoms that Raja aims for.

– Both Norway and the European Union have good agreements in areas such as education, research and health care in the mutual interest. Gelswick says there is nothing to indicate that neither the EU nor Norway wants to pursue that cooperation.

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– Switzerland, a non-EEA or EU member, is included in the European Health Card Cooperation. In the case of Erasmus, many countries outside the EU and the EEA, such as Turkey, are included in that cooperation. Different countries have different solutions. He argues that the fact that England was not part of Erasmus was an independent choice made by the British.

Passport freedom in Europe

Raja says most people take it as a good thing to travel through Europe without a passport. He thinks no Norway has missed the time required to submit a passport at every border crossing in Europe.

– When traveling across Europe, you can walk in the EU passport queue fast at the airport. The “All Passports” line includes Americans and Asians. That queue is long and there are fewer people serving it. I doubt if people in the districts want the daily life that requires a passport to go to Denmark, Sweden and other parts of Europe, Raja says.

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– I think most Norwegians feel safe when traveling in Europe by having a blue helpo card in their pocket. Raja says this guarantees the right of Norwegian citizens to receive the same level of health care as their own citizens residing in another EEA country.

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– Not getting 25,000 kroner mobile bill when you come home from vacation is not good, as before, he mentions expensive roaming costs during European holidays before a fixed price is introduced across the EU. .

Gelswick points out that passport freedom is restricted by Schengen cooperation.

– Switzerland is outside the EEA and the EU. Nevertheless, he says many of us have traveled many times outside and outside of Switzerland without any problems.

– However, what is important is that we have a national opportunity for border control. In recent years, we have strengthened border controls in Norway (refugee arrivals and epidemics, author’s note), which actually contradicts Schengen, but was accepted by the European Union. Every time we had to ask the EU for a law, Gelswick says.

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Raja: All this will be lost

The EEA Agreement guarantees cheap goods and better consumer rights for Norwegians, strengthens cultural exchange through grant programs, and guarantees pensions and social security rights for Norwegians working in EU countries.

Freedom of movement and work through the EEA agreement gives Norwegians the freedom to travel and settle anywhere in Europe without driving with a visa or work permit. Raja says the Liberal Party guarantees all these freedoms.

– All these benefits thanks to the EEA agreement. SP and SV said they would like to reconsider the EEA agreement. Britain will do the same. They had to stop the deal, and the deal remains far worse than the deal Norway has just made, Raja says.

– The EEA agreement is better than the UK agreement. No one should believe that we will get a better deal than what the United Kingdom negotiated. They are stronger and bigger than us, he says.

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– If the EEA is withdrawn, do you think any of the freedoms mentioned will be lost, King?

– I think all of this will be lost if we end the EEA agreement. When we made the Old Covenant, many EFTA countries negotiated the treaty. Now only a few countries like Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland are left. These are not important and important countries for the EU. It was a different force at the time. We reached an agreement that was very favorable to Norway.

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– A bad and temporary contract

Filekess believes that there was previously broad political agreement that the EEA agreement was essentially a bad and temporary agreement.

– We have stated that we want to get a better deal. Ten years ago, according to the Conservatives and Labor, the EEA was a bad deal. Then they fully agreed. The EEA agreement is not a contract that will ever last. The idea was that it was an interim agreement because you want to join the EU, says FileKessness.

In retrospect, no country that has signed trade agreements with the EU has complied with the EEA. This is a very powerful signal. We have seen other trade agreements entered into by the EU, with South Korea, you will get the same benefits, but without the democratic deficit. The SV vice president says we want to be there.

– No reason to lose anything

Filekens does not believe that the new negotiations with the EU will lead to the loss of the freedoms that the king is aiming for.

– I have no reason to do so. I would like to mention the Nordic cooperation, which is much older and more integrated than the European cooperation (Nordic Ministers and the Nordic Council, Editor’s note). We agreed to the freedoms between countries that are completely independent of the EEA. Nordic cooperation is used as a model by the European Union. Those who believe that freedom flows from Brussels do not understand what we are doing in Nordic cooperation. But he says it was knowledge that probably passed the king’s house.

Facts about the EEA Agreement

* The European Economic Zone (EEA) consists of the 27 member states of the European Union and the EFTA countries of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

* The EEA agreement is the largest international agreement made by Norway. It was signed in 1992 and came into force on 1 January 1994.

* The agreement provides access to the three EFTA countries with equal competitive positions and equal rules for the EU internal market. Pillars of free movement of goods, persons, services and capital.

* This agreement compels Norway to comply with EU rules for the domestic market, but does not give Norway formal influence over the design of the rules. Norway cannot accept rules that are contrary to EU rules

* Excluded from the agreement on the basis of fisheries and agriculture policy and market access.