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  • Norway to host donor conference for South Sudan

    2014-04-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “South Sudan is experiencing a humanitarian crisis as a result of the armed conflict in the country. We cannot simply stand by and watch this happen. In response to a request from the UN, Norway will hold a conference in Oslo in May to mobilise

  • Dignified resolution of the Pioneer diver case

    2014-04-10 News story Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    In December 2013, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in favour of seven North Sea divers, finding that the Norwegian State has violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the right to respect for private and

  • APA 2014 - Acreage announcement

    2014-04-07 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Today, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is announcing this year’s licensing round for mature areas on the Norwegian continental shelf - Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2014. The aim is to award new production licences in the announced areas at

  • A sound and responsible management of the Government Pension Fund

    2014-04-04 Press release Ministry of Finance

    "The Government is today presenting a report to Parliament (Storting) on the management of the Government Pension Fund in 2013. - The Fund has served us well and it gives important contributions to the financing of our welfare state", says Minister

  • Change among the state secretaries

    2014-04-04 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Lars Jacob Hiim, as state secretary to Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland. At the same time Mr. Eirik Lae Solberg has been honourably discharged from the same office.

  • NOK 150 million allocated to business projects in the north

    2014-04-04 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Promoting economic activity and providing jobs in the north are important objectives of Norway’s High North policy. Our High North efforts have so far focused on increasing knowledge, but now we need to translate this into concrete value creation.

  • Expert group on investments in coal and petroleum companies

    2014-04-04 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has appointed an expert group to assess the Government Pension Fund Global's (GPFG) appropriate use of policy instruments and investments in coal and petroleum companies.

  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    2014-04-04 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has today decided to keep the level of the countercyclical capital buffer for banks unchanged. This is in line with the advice from Norges Bank. The Financial Supervisory Authority has stated that it concurs with the advice.

  • Violence and arrests in Venezuela

    2014-04-03 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Since the beginning of February, Venezuela has been hit by a wave of protests and political unrest. More than 35 people are reported to have been killed. Many others have been injured. A number of protesters have also been arrested.

  • Norway supports China’s participation in Trade in Services Agreement talks

    2014-03-31 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am pleased that China has today confirmed that it would like to participate in the negotiations on an international Trade in Services Agreement,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Celebrating the Constitution abroad

    2014-03-31 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Nearly 150 different events to celebrate the bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution will be held by our missions abroad in 2014.

  • Extended mandate for human rights defenders

    2014-03-31 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On Friday 28 March, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a draft resolution introduced by Norway, and extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders for a period of three years.

  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg congratulates Jens Stoltenberg on appointment as NATO Secretary General

    2014-03-28 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    “I would like to congratulate Jens Stoltenberg on his appointment as Secretary General of NATO. In Jens Stoltenberg, NATO has found a strong, unifying Secretary General. Today, Jens Stoltenberg has been given an important task that carries a great

  • Restrictive measures against further twelve persons who threaten the sovereignty of Ukraine

    2014-03-28 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to expand the list of persons targeted by restrictive measures for actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. A further twelve persons have been

  • Peace agreement signed in the Philippines

    2014-03-28 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On Thursday, the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a peace agreement that brings an end to the conflict on the second largest island in the Philippines, Mindanao. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and

  • Russian mathematician receives the 2014 Abel Prize

    2014-03-26 News story Ministry of Education and Research

    The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2014 to Yakov G. Sinai (78) of Princeton University, USA, and the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, "for his fundamental

  • Death sentences in Egypt unacceptable

    2014-03-25 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “It is completely unacceptable that more than 500 people have been condemned to death in a summary trial. The court’s judgment is shocking, and the conduct of the trial gives cause for concern about the fundamental standards of the Egyptian legal

  • Norway suspends all planned military activities with Russia

    2014-03-25 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Norway has decided to suspend all scheduled bilateral military activities with Russia until the end of May 2014.

  • Nuclear safety cooperation with Ukraine

    2014-03-25 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    At a meeting with Ukraine’s Acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia during the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Prime Minister Erna Solberg was able to offer Ukraine a long-term programme of safety cooperation with Sweden and Norway at the

  • New evaluation of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative

    2014-03-24 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Norway has created the political space needed to improve forest governance. This is one of the conclusions in a new evaluation of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).