Today, a high-level virtual visit was held between Estonia and Norway, with a business delegation also participating. Both Estonia and Norway were represented by foreign ministers, as well as Estonia’s Ambassador at Large for Climate and Energy Kaja Tael and Magnar Ødelien, the Programme Director of EEA Norway Grants at Innovation Norway. The visit included 36 bilateral meetings between companies and between countries and companies.
Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said the central topics of the virtual visit – smart mobility and green technologies – were extremely important in light of the coronavirus pandemic. “The global situation allows us to make greener choices when recovering from the impact of the coronavirus, and countries must lead the way; however, the private sector is a crucial partner in implementing these changes. Green transformation is not important only from the perspective of sustainability, it is a growth strategy that holds substantial benefits for countries and companies,” Reinsalu said.
Norway is an important trading partner and export market for Estonian companies. Estonia has a long-standing cooperation with Norway on EEA grants that help boost research and development cooperation between the universities of Estonia and Norway. EEA grants also support the circular economy in Estonia, which is a part of the European Green Deal.
Estonian businesses were represented by Ridango, Auve Tech, EyeVi Technologies, Fusebox, Bikeep, Modern Mobility, Bercman Technologies, Datel, Krakul and Artec Design. Participating Norwegian companies were Disruptive Engineering, Pixii, City Q, Mobility Forus, Culture Engine and Podbike.
The business forum is part of a series of events organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first virtual business forum was held on 25 November with Iceland. Both meetings can be watched again on the Foreign Ministry’s YouTube channel.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia