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  • Coastal-states talks on mackerel to continue

    24/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Yet another round of coastal-states talks on the management of mackerel ended inconclusively today, Friday 24 JanuaryThe parties agreed, however, to reconvene on Tuesday 28 January, in Bergen, Norway.

  • Childhood comes but once

    24/01/2014 News story Ministry of Children and Families

    National strategy to combat violence and sexual abuse against children and youth (2014-2017).

  • Ceasefire agreement signed in South Sudan

    23/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Norway welcomes the ceasefire agreement in South Sudan. It is crucial that the parties now keep strictly to these agreements. All hostilities must cease at once and civilians must gain access to humanitarian assistance,” said Minister of Foreign

  • Escalating violence in Ukraine

    22/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Deaths have been reported in connection with the demonstrations in Ukraine. Developments in the country are alarming. I urge both sides to refrain from violence at once and to enter into talks to avoid more bloodshed. The leaders of Ukraine have a

  • Negotiations with the EU on the EEA and Norway Grants

    22/01/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Negotiations with the EU on financial contributions 2014 - 2019 and on market access for fish started today. “We look forward to constructive negotiations and a successful outcome,” commented Ingvild Næss Stub, State Secretary in the Ministry of

  • APA 2013 – Strong interest in further exploration of the Norwegian shelf

    21/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Government has decided to offer ownership interests to 48 companies in 65 new production licences in connection with the 2013 Awards in Predefined Areas (APA 2013).

  • Norway seen as “solutions-oriented ally”

    20/01/2014 News story Ministry of Defence

    Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide today met US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon. “We had a very good and constructive meeting and are both agreed that the transatlantic partnership is more important than ever,” says Søreide.

  • Norway offers UN airlift support

    20/01/2014 News story Ministry of Defence

    New York: Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide concludes her visit to the United States with meetings at the United Nations. Today she offered Norwegian air transport assistance to the UN mission in South Sudan.

  • The F-35 combat aircraft: Important to “keep up the good progress”

    20/01/2014 News story Ministry of Defence

    Washington, D.C.: Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide today met the head of the US combat aircraft programme, Lieutenant General Bogdan. “It is important for the programme to keep up the good progress and continue the work of preparing for

  • "The US is our most important ally"

    20/01/2014 News story Ministry of Defence

    Washington, D.C.: Ine Eriksen Søreide today begins her first visit to the United States in her new role as Minister of Defence. She will be in Washington, D.C., and New York in the days ahead, and has scheduled an extensive programme with US

  • Norway condemns terrorist attack in Kabul

    18/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende has condemned the terrorist attack in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, in which 21 Afghan and foreign citizens were killed.

  • Norway concerned about new legislation in Ukraine

    17/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am deeply worried by the fact that the Ukrainian parliament yesterday adopted a number of controversial laws without following normal parliamentary procedures or democratic principles,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Deeply concerned about imprisonment of homosexuals

    17/01/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Foreign Minister Børge Brende is deeply concerned about the arrests of homosexuals in Nigeria and the new law signed by President Goodluck Jonathan that prohibits same-sex marriage and imposes heavy penalties for such marriages, for homosexuality,

  • Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution kicks off with Treaty of Kiel celebration

    15/01/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution got off to the best possible start in Kiel on 14 January with a magnificent celebration of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Kiel. The celebration was the result of a two-year

  • Norway pledges NOK 460 million for Syria

    15/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Norway is providing NOK 460 million in response to the UN appeal for emergency relief for Syria. The money will be used to help victims of the conflict in both Syria and its neighbouring countries. Funding has also been set aside for projects to

  • Air services negotiations with Pakistan

    14/01/2014 News story Ministry of Transport

    Norway, together with Denmark and Sweden, will hold air services negotiations with Pakistan 30-31 January 2014.

  • Clear priorities in Higher Education and Research

    14/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Education and Research

    The Government presents seven measures for higher education and research over the next four years. The goal is higher quality, says Minister for Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

  • New OECD report calls for more targeted Norwegian development policy

    13/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) sees Norway as an important donor that takes a long-term approach and provides a high level of aid. But the new OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review shows that Norwegian aid

  • Norway's Prime Minister expresses condolences on death of Ariel Sharon

    11/01/2014 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    “I would like to express my deepest sympathy with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Israeli people on the death of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,” said Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • Norway increases its support for elections in Afghanistan

    09/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 5 April, Afghanistan will elect a new president. Norway is providing NOK 102 million in funding for the planning and implementation of the presidential election and next year’s parliamentary elections. The funding is being channelled through the

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