Europe – 25 year after the fall of the Berlin Wall

'This year – 2014 – is a year of anniversaries. A year in which to commemorate events of pivotal importance for Europe, as both a geographical and a political entity', said Minister Vidar Helgesen in his opening address at the Europe Conference 2014 in Oslo 2 September.


Norway deplores Israel’s expropriation of land in the West Bank

‘Israel’s expropriation of land in the West Bank is in violation of international law and is a setback for the efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Middle East,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


Health System in Transition, Norway


EU: Time to stand up for the liberal society

'As we approach the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the EU should demonstrate in no uncertain terms that it will not accept the re-establishment of an illiberal state within its borders', writes Minister Vidar Helgesen in a letter in Financial Times - about today's political situation in Hungary.


Ceasefire in Gaza encouraging

‘After 50 days of violent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, it is encouraging that a ceasefire agreement has been reached,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


Norway to provide a further NOK 50 million in humanitarian assistance to Iraq

‘The situation in Iraq has gone from bad to worse in the last few weeks. There are now more than 1.4 million internally displaced people in the country, and the humanitarian situation is extremely difficult. The Norwegian Government is therefore allocating a further NOK 50 million to help those who have been affected by the conflict in Iraq,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


New deadline for the parties in South Sudan

‘It is regrettable that the parties to the conflict in South Sudan have failed to fulfil their obligations to introduce a ceasefire and establish a framework for the formation of a transitional government, as they agreed in June. I urge the parties to take advantage of the new opportunity they have been given to establish a national unity government with broad representation within 45 days,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


Perspectives on the future of the Norwegian Continental Shelf

We have the resources, we have world class suppliers and we have a predictable and stable framework. After more than 40 years of petroleum production, the NCS is still attractive - with a promising future.


Speech at Offshore Northern Seas 2014


Norwegian support to dialogue and cooperation in Cyprus

The last few months, the UN has given important positions in Cyprus to two Norwegians. Did you know that Norway also provides substantial support for dialogue and reconciliation across the divide through the EEA and Norway Grants?