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  • Record number of Awards in Predefined Areas 2018

    2019-01-15 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy offers 83 production licenses on the Norwegian continental shelf) in the Award in Pre-Defined Areas 2018 (APA 2018).

  • Eriksen Søreide met with foreign minister Aidarbekov, Kyrgyz Republic

    2019-01-15 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Chingiz Aidarbekov, paid an official visit to Norway on 15 January. In Oslo, he met with the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • Exploitation permit for CO2 storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

    2019-01-11 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Equinor has been awarded an exploitation permit for CO2-storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

  • Signing of U.S. - Norway Bilateral Maritime Arrangement

    2019-01-11 News story Ministry of Defence

    January 9th 2019, the United States and Government of Norway signed an Arrangement which advances maritime threat response collaboration between the two nations. At a ceremony, hosted by the White House National Security Council, the Arrangement was

  • Norwegian Government launches new National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

    2019-01-11 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Children and Equality

    The Government’s new National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security is being launched today at the Nobel Peace Center. The goal is to ensure that the rights, needs and priorities of both women and men are safeguarded throughout all Norwegian

  • Statement on the 11th parliamentary election i Bangladesh

    2019-01-03 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway commends the many Bangladeshis who exercised their democratic right to vote on election day, 30 December 2018, and welcomes the opposition’s decision to contest the elections for the first time in 10 years,’ said State Secretary Marianne

  • Norway provides NOK 75 million to UN Peacebuilding Fund

    2018-12-28 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is providing NOK 75 million to the UN Peacebuilding Fund. A good deal of this funding will be channelled to the vulnerable Sahel region.

  • Troika statement on South Sudan 21 December

    2018-12-22 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Troika (United States, Norway, and the UK) join IGAD in condemning the harassment and abuse of monitors from the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mission (CTSAMVM) on Tuesday 18 December.

  • Brexit: Preparedness in the financial markets area – follow-up of EU Commission decisions

    2018-12-20 News story Ministry of Finance

    In a press release 16th November 2018, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance stated that if the EU takes measures in the Financial Markets area to address Brexit without a transition period, the Norwegian authorities will ensure corresponding and

  • Regulation on contract continuity

    2018-12-20 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has today adopted a temporary regulation allowing firms established outside the EEA, which 29th March 2019 could conduct investment activities in Norway based on home state authorisation and supervision according to

  • Norway to provide an additional NOK 49 million (approximately USD 5.7 million) to alleviate the refugee crisis in Bangladesh

    2018-12-19 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The large number of refugees that have come to Bangladesh has put pressure on the refugees themselves, the local villagers and the natural resources in the area. Funding from Norway will be used in efforts to find better alternatives to the

  • Government increases humanitarian efforts

    2018-12-18 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Once again, it seems likely that humanitarian needs will reach record heights. The UN global humanitarian appeal estimates that more than 130 million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2019. As 2018 draws to a close, Norway has disbursed

  • Working group report on credit data reporting and a common database

    2018-12-17 News story Ministry of Finance

    A working group that has assessed the potential for Norwegian participation in the European Central Bank’s AnaCredit project on credit reporting, has submitted its report to the Ministry of Finance. The working group recommends improving existing

  • New cooperation agreement between Norway and the African Union (AU)

    2018-12-17 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway and the African Union (AU) have signed a three-year cooperation agreement, with a framework of NOK 180 million over three years, to strengthen the political dialogue and cooperation between Norway and the AU.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    2018-12-14 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has discharged Mr. Tom Erlend Skaug as state secretary to Minister of Children and Equality Linda Cathrine Hofstad Helleland, and appointed him again as state secretary in a 50 percent position to

  • New ambassadors from Slovenia, Burkina Faso and Jamaica

    2018-12-13 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Three new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 13 December 2018.

  • Countercyclical buffer increases

    2018-12-13 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Ministry of Finance has decided that the countercyclical capital buffer requirement for banks shall be increased to 2.5 percent from 31 December 2019, in line with the quarterly advice from Norges Bank.

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    Report from the Climate Risk Commission

    2018-12-12 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Minister of Finance, Siv Jensen (Progress Party), today received the report on climate-related risk factors and their significance for the Norwegian economy from the Commission Chair, Martin Skancke, MSc (Econ).

  • Opportunities for Poland to change the energy mix

    2018-12-12 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The transformation from coal to low carbon development is a particular demanding challange for countries like Poland, where the energy mix is dominated by coal. There are also possibilities for a change, if different opportunities are used and

  • 13 million USD to Ecuador for reduced deforestation

    2018-12-07 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Ecuador has fulfilled the requirements for a first payment of around USD 13 million for verified reductions in deforestation from Germany and Norway. The payment rewards a reduction of around 2.66 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions from

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