The purposes of our international activities are to:
- provide the NPRA with new knowledge in order to strengthen and enhance professional development in our organisation
- ensure improved coordination of cross-border plans, projects and transports in the Nordic countries and the High North.
Participation in international organisations
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) is a member of three interdisciplinary organisations:
- The Nordic Road Association (NVF)
- Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR)
- World Road Association (PIARC)
In addition to these interdisciplinary organisations we also participate in field-specific fora when this serves our needs.
Research and development
National priority areas within research and development (R&D) are to be improved through participation in international R&D-fora.
The NPRA takes part in
- The CEDR Transnational Research Programme
- Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL)
- The OECD International Transport Forum
- various EU research programmes
Participation in European R&D fora also gives us access to R&D communities and findings in the USA.
The purpose of cooperating with road authorities in another country is to exchange knowledge. Our participation in international organisations and R&D projects, however, limits our need for bilateral cooperation agreements.
The NPRA has knowledge exchange agreements with:
- Minnesota Department of Transportation (especially within road technology)
- Canadian road authorities (within geotechnics)
Cross-border projects and transports
The directors of the Nordic road and traffic administrations are cooperating on cross-border plans, projects and transports. In addition to cooperation on individual projects/road sections, emphasis is placed on strategic choices and priorities in the work to prepare national transport plans, in order to coordinate plans and budgets.
The Barents Euro-Arctic Pan-European Transport Area (BEATA) focuses on transport cooperation in the Barents region (Regjeringen.no) and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration assists the Ministry of Transport and Communications in protecting Norwegian interests. As part of the BEATA cooperation, the four countries have developed the Joint Barents Transport Plan (Regjeringen.no). The intention is to incorporate this plan into the National Transport Plan.