Focus areas

The Oslo Region European Office aims to facilitate societal development by connecting our members to European processes that lead to innovation in our region. In our strategy (2021-2025), the focus areas are the green transition and inclusive societies. Our focus areas are based on the societal challenges that arise in Europe and in our region. Globalization, demographic change and technological development are megatrends that characterize and will continue to characterize the EU and our region during the strategy period. The overarching conditions for these areas are research and innovation, digitalization and urban and regional development. 

Green transition

The green transition must be global, and international cooperation is therefore essential for setting and reaching common goals. The EU is investing heavily in the green transition with the European Green Deal, which is the European Commission's plan to make Europe climate neutral by 2050. The green transition will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also create new jobs and economic growth. Within the green transition, we work within the following areas:

  • Transport
  • Bioeconomy
  • Energy and Climate
  • Circular Economy

Inclusive societies

This focus area concerns citizens, and how they should be equal and have equal opportunities. We strive for a society where everyone should have access to health and welfare services and equal opportunities for education. Culture enhances our quality of life and increases overall well-being for both individuals and communities. Culture and its heritage reflect and shape values, beliefs and aspirationsTherefore it is important to preserve cultural heritage  since it increases our quality of lifeWithin this focus area, we work within the following: 

  • Health
  • Culture and cultural heritage
  • Education and youth
  • Social inclusion


Digitalization creates completely new ways of delivering public services, and it is an important driving force for simplification and improvement of the public sector. At the same time, digitalization affects the business community and creates new business models and products. Digitalization is taking place across all sectors and our office is closely following the EU's Digital Agenda, which will help Europe's citizens and businesses to exploit the potential of technological development. 

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