Commission and Norway fight over single market contribution

Norway claims that the European Commission has asked the Scandinavian country to double the amount it gives to the European Economic Area (EEA) over the next five years.

The Commission is currently in the middle of discussions with the EEA countries Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland on their financial contributions until 2020. Norway paid around €1.63 billion for its EEA membership the past five years.

According to Vidar Helgesen, the minister for the EU and European Economic Area (EEA), the European Commission now wants slightly less than the double of this amount over this period of time.

"The EU must change its approach if we are going to reach an agreement for a new period with EEA funds. We believe the EU's demands are unrealistic and unreasonably high," Helgesen told Dagens Næringsliv.