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  • Norway aligns itself with EU sanctions against Ukraine

    20/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The EU has agreed to impose sanctions on Ukrainian officials. “The situation in the country is extremely serious, and the death toll keeps rising. Norway has decided to align itself with the sanctions agreed on by a united EU,” Foreign Minister

  • Norway strongly condemns violence in Ukraine

    19/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Norway condemns the use of violence in Ukraine in the strongest possible terms. The authorities have a responsibility to stop the violence immediately,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Many people have been killed and a great many

  • The Basis for Wage Settlements in 2014

    19/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    The Basis for Wage Settlements in 2014. Preliminary Report from the Norwegian Technical Calculation Committee for Wage Settlements.

  • The fisheries negotiation with the EU postponed again

    18/02/2014 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    - I regret that Norway and the EU was not able to conclude at this time either, says Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker. We are already on overtime, and this could have been in place last year if the EU didn’t postpone and prolonge both this

  • Handover of Kiev city hall encouraging

    16/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I welcome the fact that the Ukrainian authorities have released a number of protesters from custody and that the protesters and opposition parties have transferred control of Kiev city hall to the city authorities,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • Widespread violations of humanitarian law in Syria

    14/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Massive atrocities are being perpetrated against civilians in the war in Syria. The international community, with the UN Security Council in the lead, must stand together in insisting that the parties to the conflict must meet their humanitarian

  • Norway to provide NOK 60 million to the Central African Republic

    13/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The situation in the Central African Republic is critical. More than half of the population is in urgent need of protection and humanitarian assistance. The Government has therefore decided to provide a further NOK 60 million in humanitarian

  • Norway becomes eleventh State Party to the UN Arms Trade Treaty

    12/02/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway’s Ambassador to the UN, Geir Otto Pedersen, deposited on 12 February Norway’s instrument of ratification, which makes Norway a State Party to the Arms Trade Treaty. Mr Pedersen submitted the document during a meeting at the UN in New York.

  • Swiss to stop immigration from Europe

    09/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Swiss have agreed in a referendum to restrictions on immigration from the neighbouring countries. “It will be interesting to see what consequences this has for Switzerland’s relations with the EU,” said Vidar Helgesen, Minister of EEA and EU

  • Visit to supply and service industry in Møre og Romsdal county

    07/02/2014 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien visited Rolls-Royce Marine and NCE Maritime in Ålesund, as well as Kleven yard in Ulsteinvik, on Friday. During his visit, he was introduced to the maritime cluster in Møre og Romsdal county.

  • Norway to lead work on financing for the UN’s new development goals

    07/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “This is a challenging and important task that gives Norway an opportunity to help ensure that the UN’s new development goals are achieved,” commented Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Norwegian contribution to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture's Benefit-Sharing Fund

    06/02/2014 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    Norway is paying close to NOK 700,000 to the International Plant Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund. This corresponds to 0.1 per cent of the value of the trade in seed products in agriculture in Norway in 2013, and is an annual contribution from

  • Norway to provide NOK 6 million to AU peacekeeping mission

    01/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government is providing NOK 6 million to support the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic.

  • Concern about freedom of the press in Egypt

    31/01/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am deeply concerned about freedom of the press in Egypt. A free press is essential for democratic development. The arrest of both Egyptian and foreign journalists raises questions about the way freedom of the press is being practised in Egypt,”

  • New decisions about the Government Pension Fund Global

    30/01/2014 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has decided to exclude the companies Sesa Sterlite, Africa Israel Investments and Danya Cebus from the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG).

  • Norway appeals WTO panel’s report in the seal case

    29/01/2014 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    On 24th January 2014, Norway filed a notice of appeal regarding the dispute settlement panel’s report in the seal case.

  • Foreign Minister Brende congratulates Tunisia on constitution

    27/01/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “We are very pleased that Tunisia has adopted a constitution that safeguards basic human rights and builds on democratic principles,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Norway provides an additional NOK 50 million in emergency relief to South Sudan

    27/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Over 4.4 million people in South Sudan are in need of emergency assistance. The conflict that broke out in December has made a difficult situation even worse. We are therefore doubling Norway’s funding for humanitarian assistance, from NOK 50

  • Conclusion of peace negotiations between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

    26/01/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “It is very encouraging that the parties have now agreed to all chapters in the comprehensive peace agreement. The agreement demonstrates the parties’ commitment to achieving peace and development in Mindanao”, said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

  • Norway condemns bomb attacks in Cairo

    24/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in Cairo today. We have seen increasing violence, bombings and repeated attacks on security forces recently. These activities undermine democratic developments in Egypt and further poison the political

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