Federal Minister Brigitte Zypries said: "In view of the current challenges, the members of the European Union must work closely together and self-confidently stand up for their values. At present, this applies in particular to free and fair trade. At the same time, the EU must succeed in restoring people's trust in Europe by delivering results and providing prospects for its citizens."
As member of the European Economic Area, Norway is fully integrated in the. Furthermore, Norway plays a key role in the field of : it is the second-largest gas supplier on the European continent behind Russia. Around 30% of Norway's gas is exported to Germany.