During the accession negotiations Norway focuses particularly on market access for services and seafood products. As part of the market access condition for seafood the implementation of the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade is also important.
There are still a number of countries that are in a process to accede to the WTO. For each applicant a Working Party is established to negotiate the terms of accession. Each Working Party consists of those members who take a particular interest in the accession of the applicant. Norway is currently a member of the Working Parties of Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan and Serbia.
Norway is participating actively in the work to make it easier for the least Developed Countries to accede to the WTO.