Historical archive

Visit by NATO Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council to Norway, 6–8 May

Historical archive

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Notes to editors

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the North Atlantic Council are to visit Norway on 6–8 May. The North Atlantic Council will visit Bodø and Tromsø, while the NATO Secretary General will visit Bodø and Oslo. The programme in Oslo includes an audience at the Royal Palace, a meeting with the President of the Storting and a meeting with the Prime Minister.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the North Atlantic Council are to visit Norway on 6–8 May.  The North Atlantic Council will visit Bodø and Tromsø, while the NATO Secretary General will visit Bodø and Oslo.  The programme in Oslo includes an audience at the Royal Palace, a meeting with the President of the Storting and a meeting with the Prime Minister. The Secretary General will also take part in the ceremony to mark Norwegian Liberation and Veterans’ Day on 8 May at Akershus Fortress.  

A chronological overview of the programme for the visit is given below.  

Visit by the North Atlantic Council to Tromsø on 6 May
The 28 members of the North Atlantic Council, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and representatives from NATO’s international staff will arrive in Tromsø on 6 May, where they will be welcomed by State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Torgeir Larsen.  

11:30

Arrival at the High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (Fram Centre). Photo opportunity. Contact person: Head of Communications Gunn Sissel Jaklin, mobile phone +47 951 04 045.

12:00

Briefings on matters relating to the High North by State Secretary Torgeir Larsen (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute Jan-Gunnar Winther and State Secretary Per Rune Henriksen (Ministry of Petroleum and Energy).

13:45

Visit and excursion with the Coast Guard vessel “Sortland”.
Photo opportunity (to be decided). Contact person: Frode Overland Andersen, mobile phone +47 917 22 022.

18:00

Debate at the University of Tromsø on the topic ‘Security Challenges in Changing Times – The Role of NATO’. Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide will participate in the debate, together with the NATO Ambassadors Ivo Daalder (US), Mariot Leslie (UK) and Tomáš Valášek (Slovakia). The event is open to the media and the public.

20:00

Official dinner. Host: Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide.

Press contact for the visit to Tromsø: Frode Overland Andersen, mobile phone 917 22 022

Visit to Bodø by the NATO Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council, 7 May

NATO Secretary General arrives in Bodø on the morning of 7 May

10:45

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives at Bodø ankommer Bodø Main Air Station. He is met by Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, Vice Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hansen and Colonel Bård Solheim.
Pictures of the NATO Secretary General’s arrival will be available from the Norwegian Armed Forces. Contact person: Head of Communications at the Norwegian Joint Headquarters, John Espen Lien, mobile phone +47 901 55 769.

11:00

Guided tour and briefing, Bodø Main Air Station.

12:45

Demonstration of Quick Reaction Alert for Norwegian F16 fighter jets.
Photo opportunity for the media. Pictures from the arrival will also be available from the Norwegian Armed Forces. Contact person: Head of Communications at the Norwegian Joint Headquarters, John Espen Lien, mobile phone +47 901 55 769.

14:00­–16:15

Guided tour and briefing, Norwegian Joint Headquarters, Reitan.

16:15

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide meet the press.
Attendance no later than 15:30: Members of the press who would like to be granted access to this press meeting at the Norwegian Joint Headquarters should express their interest to info@njhq.no by Monday 6 May, 12:00. Contact person at the Norwegian Joint Headquarters: Head of Communications John Espen Lien, mobile phone +47 901 55 769.

17:15

Journey on rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) from Saltstraumen to Bodø Main Air Station.
Pictures from this trip will be available from the Norwegian Armed Forces. Contact person: Head of Communications at the Norwegian Joint Headquarters, John Espen Lien, mobile phone +47 901 55 769.

19:00

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen departs from Bodø Main Air Station.

 

Press contacts for the visit to Bodø:

For the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Veslemøy Lothe Salvesen, mobile phone: +47 995 68 584
For the Norwegian Armed Forces: Head of Communications at the Norwegian Joint Headquarters, John Espen Lien, mobile phone +47 901 55 769.

 

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s visit to Oslo on 8 May

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives in Oslo on the evening of 7 May.

 

08:15

Breakfast meeting with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, the Prime Minister’s residence. Photo pool at the start of the meeting.

09:15

Press meeting with Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
Location: Riddervoldsgate 2. Arrive for security check at 08:30 at the latest (the doors close after this). 
Members of the press must bring a Norwegian or international press card, as well as additional ID with a photo. Press contact: Tor Borgersen, mobile phone: +47 909 38 987

10:00

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen takes part in the ceremony to mark Norwegian Liberation and Veterans’ Day at Akershus Fortress. The Secretary General is to hold a speech at this ceremony.

11:30

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets President of the Storting Dag Terje Andersen. This will be followed by a meeting with members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.

12:30

Audience with His Majesty the King

12:50

Working lunch with Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide

14:15

Meeting with Minister of Defence Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen

15:15

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen gives the main address at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ annual conference on Europe. For further information about this conference, see Europaportalen (in Norwegian only. Please note, deadline for accreditation 3 May).

Press contacts for the visit to Oslo:

For the Prime Minister: Tor Borgersen, mobile phone +47 909 38 987
For the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Frode Overland Andersen, mobile phone +47 917 22 022
For the Minister of Defence: Marita Isaksen Wangberg, mobile phone +47 905 12 319