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  • Revised budget: Norway to provide an extra NOK 130 million for the fight against marine litter

    2018-05-15 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway is playing a leading role in the global effort to eliminate marine litter. The Government is proposing to increase funding for Norway's development programme to combat marine litter by NOK 130 million in 2018. This programme is a key element

  • Revised budget: Government scaling up funding for Norad's Knowledge Bank

    2018-05-15 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'The Government is proposing to increase its allocation to technical cooperation on taxation through Norad's Knowledge Bank by NOK 13 million. This is one step on the way to doubling our support for 'tax for development' by 2020,' said Minister of

  • Revised budget: Norway allocates additional NOK 116 million to humanitarian assistance

    2018-05-15 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway's humanitarian budget has never been bigger than it is now, but the needs created by the world's humanitarian crises are continuing to grow. The Government has therefore proposed increasing the humanitarian budget by NOK 116 million. The

  • Foreign Minister concerned about spiralling violence

    2018-05-15 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am deeply concerned about the spiral of violence we are now seeing on the border between Israel and Gaza. I urge political leaders on both sides, in the strongest possible terms, to calm the situation down and show restraint, to avoid further

  • The Norwegian Government continues with the planning of a demonstration project for CO2 capture, transport and storage

    2018-05-15 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy presented its assessment of the full scale carbon capture, transport and storage (CCS) project in Norway. The Government proposes to fund FEED studies (Front End Engineering and Design studies) with 80

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    Revised Budget 2018: Stronger growth, lower unemployment and a more sustainable welfare state

    2018-05-15 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Norwegian economy has recovered from the downturn induced by the 2014 drop in the oil price and is now characterized by optimism and solid growth. The 2018 Fiscal Budget approved last autumn is still well adapted to the economic situation, and

  • Outline of economic developments and fiscal policy

    2018-05-15 Press release Ministry of Finance

    In order to ensure simultaneous access to potentially market sensitive information The Ministry of Finance here unveils selected key figures prior to the budget release, which takes place at 10:45. A table with more detailed projections will be

  • Norway to chair UN expert group on nuclear disarmament verification

    2018-05-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway, represented by Special Representative for Disarmament Knut Langeland, was today chosen to chair the UN Group of Governmental Experts to consider the role of verification in advancing nuclear disarmament. The Group has been established

  • Foreign Minister fears greater instability in Middle East following opening of embassy

    2018-05-14 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am concerned that the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital could lead to greater instability in the region and make it more difficult to bring the parties to the negotiating table. Norway's view has been clearly conveyed to the

  • Helping young Europeans find work

    2018-05-14 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Almost 14 million young people in Europe are not in employment, education or training. The new regional EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment supports the most vulnerable among them, to help them gain a foothold in the labour market.

  • Norwegian statement on the South Sudan peace process

    2018-05-09 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In a statement Norway welcomes that the IGAD High-level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF) for peace in South Sudan will reconvene on 17 May.

  • Foreign Minister regrets US decision to withdraw from nuclear deal

    2018-05-09 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'President Trump's announcement this evening that the US will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose US nuclear sanctions is regrettable,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • Announcement of Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2018

    2018-05-09 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is announcing this year’s licensing round in mature areas on the Norwegian continental shelf - Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2018.

  • A summary of the Financial Markets Report 2018 is now available in English

    2018-05-07 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance annually submits a report to the Parliament on developments in Norwegian and international financial markets. This summary corresponds to Chapter 1 of the report, which provides an overview of key policy developments, and a

  • Norway and The United Kingdom plans co-operation in the North Atlantic

    2018-05-04 Press release Ministry of Defence

    “In times like these, when the security landscape is complex and uncertain, we need close allies. I am especially pleased with the strong UK-Norwegian relations, says State Secretary Tone Skogen. Earlier this week Minister for Defence Procurement

  • Freedom of the press under threat

    2018-05-03 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture

    World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated for the 25th time today. The international focus for the day is the importance of the media as a watchdog keeping power in check.

  • Call for intensified efforts to promote global health

    2018-05-03 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Five million mothers and children throughout the world die every year from preventable causes. Norway established the Global Financing Facility with other donors to provide health services for women, children and adolescents in developing countries

  • Vidar Helgesen appointed Special Envoy to the High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy

    2018-04-27 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Vidar Helgesen has been appointed Norway’s Special Envoy to the High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy. The Panel was launched by Prime Minister Solberg earlier this year, and Mr Helgesen will be responsible for coordinating Norway

  • Proposal to ban child marriages in Norway

    2018-04-26 News story Ministry of Children and Equality

    - We want to send a clear message, nationally as well as internationally, that we do not accept people under the age of 18 years getting married in Norway, says Minister of Children and Equality, Linda Hofstad Helleland. The Norwegian Government

  • New funding period of EEA and Norway Grants for Lithuania

    2018-04-24 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway and Lithuania signed MoUs on funding totalling EUR 117.6 million for the new funding period of the EEA and Norway Grants (2014-2021). Priority will be given to justice and home affairs, business development, research and health.