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  • Government increases humanitarian efforts

    18/12/2018 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

    17/12/2018 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)

    17/12/2018 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

    14/12/2018 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

    13/12/2018 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

    13/12/2018 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

    12/12/2018 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

    12/12/2018 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

    07/12/2018 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

  • Norway to pay USD 70 million to Brazil

    04/12/2018 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Norway will pay USD 70 million (NOK 600 million) to Brazil for reduced emissions from deforestation in the Amazon in 2017, line with climate and forest cooperation between the two countries.

  • Changes among the political advisers

    03/12/2018 Press release Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed Ms. Embla Belsvik as political adviser to Minister of Trade and Industry Torbjørn Røe Isaksen from 1 January to 31 March 2019.

  • Changes among the political advisers

    30/11/2018 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed political adviser Rikard Gaarder Knutsen as state secretary to Minister of Agriculture and Food Bård Hoksrud. Mr. Gaarder Knutsen resigns as political adviser.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    30/11/2018 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has as of 14 December 2018 discharged Mr. Petter Kvinge Tvedt as state secretary to Minister of Finance, Siv Jensen.

  • Norway assumes presidency of the Mine Ban Treaty

    30/11/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 30 November, Norway takes over the presidency of the Mine Ban Treaty. ‘During our presidency, we will highlight the huge risk to civilians posed by anti-personnel mines and explosives in many countries, and the major social and economic

  • New ambassadors from Sweden, PLO, Cambodia and Belarus

    29/11/2018 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 29 November 2018.

  • Are you interested in European cooperation? New possibilities with EEA and Norway grants

    29/11/2018 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A new database may connect Norwegian project partners with civil society organisations in 15 European countries. There are many exciting projects that can qualify for funding from the EEA and Norway Grants.

  • Toward a more humane drug policy

    29/11/2018 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    Norway has put human rights and civil society on the agenda during its Presidency of the Council of Europe's cooperation on drug policies.

  • Increased funding for International Organization for Migration

    27/11/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is to provide NOK 15 million in core funding to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The funding was announced during the annual session of the IOM Council in Geneva on 27 November. The funding will be used to support IOM in

  • New submarines: Binding offer received

    27/11/2018 News story Ministry of Defence

    Norway and Germany will together negotiate a contract to procure six identical submarines. The commercial process towards the supplier has been ongoing since the summer of 2017, and the binding offer from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems was received on

  • Changes to Norway’s aid budget

    23/11/2018 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    According to new figures, ODA-approved refugee expenses in Norway have dropped by NOK 200 million this year. This will make it possible to increase allocations to various priority areas in the 2018 aid budget.