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  • Financial advisers appointed for privatisation of Entra

    2014-03-11 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Entra and the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries have appointed ABG Sundal Collier, Goldman Sachs and Swedbank as financial advisers for the privatisation of Entra.

  • Council of Europe must discuss situation in Ukraine

    2014-03-10 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “A meeting of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers should be held as soon as possible to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The Council of Europe plays a key role in promoting democracy and the rule of law in its member states. The Council

  • Croatia to become part of the EEA

    2014-03-07 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government decided today to request the Storting to approve the agreement on EEA enlargement that will allow Croatia to become part of the European Economic Area (EEA). This will open up new opportunities for closer cooperation between Norway

  • Violence against women – our response

    2014-03-07 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    With the celebration of the International Women’s Day around the corner, we take the opportunity to focus on violence against women in Europe - a violation of fundamental human rights which cuts across all levels of society.

  • Nordic seminar on the economic benefits of a Cyprus solution

    2014-03-07 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Following the recent resumption of the Cyprus peace negotiations Norway together with the Nordic countries have taken the initiative for a Brussels based seminar organised by the Peace Research Institute Oslo.

  • Norway upholds its commitment to Syria operation

    2014-03-07 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Despite delays on the ground, Norway upholds its commitment to the OPCW-UN to transport Syrian chemical agents out of Syria within the deadline set by the UN Security Council.

  • Consensus to protect the central Arctic Ocean from unregulated fisheries

    2014-03-05 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Consensus to protect the central Arctic Ocean from unregulated fisheries. Senior officials of the five coastal States surrounding the central Arctic Ocean - Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Kingdom of Norway, the Russian Federation and the

  • OECD launches their latest country survey on Norway

    2014-03-05 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Secretary General to the OECD Angel Gurría visits Norway today to launch their biannual survey on the Norwegian economy. Measures to lift productivity in the Norwegian economy are among the topics analysed in the survey. OECD also discusses the need

  • Norway condemns Russian military escalation in Crimea

    2014-03-02 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Together with the other members of NATO, Norway condemns Russia’s military escalation on the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine. Russia’s military activities in Crimea and the threats of further use of military force are a breach of international law.

  • Reform and fight against corruption vital in Ukraine

    2014-02-27 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I welcome the formation of an interim government in Ukraine. It is vital for the country to re-establish a properly functioning government apparatus as quickly as possible after the recent turmoil, and to start essential reform processes,” said

  • 20,000 new seed samples deposited in Svalbard

    2014-02-27 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    A new shipment of seeds from food plants has been deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault for long-term storage. The shipment, that was transported to the seed vault in Longyearbyen this week, contains 20,000 seed samples from Japan, Brazil,

  • Norway condemns school attack in Nigeria

    2014-02-26 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am deeply shocked by the terrorist attack on schoolchildren and other innocent people in Yobe in north-eastern Nigeria. Norway condemns both this latest atrocity and the recent violence against people in the neighbouring state of Borno in the

  • Norway holds back NOK 50 million of aid to Uganda

    2014-02-24 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Norway deeply regrets the signing of a new and more stringent anti-gay bill by Uganda’s President today. The new law violates fundamental human rights and the Ugandan constitution. It will exacerbate the situation for an already vulnerable group,

  • Norway condemns use of cluster bombs in South Sudan

    2014-02-22 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The UN has reported that remnants of recently-used cluster munitions have been found in South Sudan. “It is completely unacceptable that cluster bombs have been used in the conflict in South Sudan. Norway condemns all use of cluster munitions,” said

  • Important resolution on humanitarian access in Syria

    2014-02-22 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 22 February, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted an important resolution that puts pressure on the parties to the conflict in Syria to improve the humanitarian situation.

  • New hope in Ukraine

    2014-02-21 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Following several days of violence that has shocked the world, it is very encouraging that the parties have today reached agreement on a way out of the crisis. If implemented successfully, the agreement could mark an important step towards

  • Norway aligns itself with EU sanctions against Ukraine

    2014-02-20 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

    2014-02-19 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

    2014-02-19 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

    2014-02-18 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