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  • Fiscal Budget 2015: A budget to promote an efficient use of resources

    2014-10-08 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The 2015 Fiscal Budget is a further step towards a change of policy direction in Norway. The Government will promote growth in the Norwegian economy through targeted tax reductions, high priority on infrastructure and emphasis on other measures to

  • Increased commitment to climate and cultural heritage

    2014-10-08 Press release Ministry of Climate and Environment

    The Norwegian Government gives priority to climate and cultural heritage issues in its proposed budget for 2015. The Climate and Forest Initiative will receive NOK 3 billion in the budget for the Ministry of Climate and Environment next year. The

  • Investing in maternal and newborn health

    2014-10-07 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partners announced they aim to invest an additional $50 million to save the lives of mothers and newborns in developing countries by investing in innovative ideas and approaches

  • Change among the political advisers

    2014-10-07 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed Ms. Kjersti Aastad (34), Oslo, as political adviser to Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey from today, 7 October 2014. She succeeds Ms. Catharina Munthe, who has resigned from the post.

  • Norway doubles support for fight against Ebola

    2014-10-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is doubling its support for the fight against Ebola, and will be contacting the UN, the UK Government and other relevant actors to offer personnel and equipment for their operations. A new contribution of NOK 89 million brings Norway’s total

  • Norway intensifies work to clear cluster munitions in Laos

    2014-10-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Laos is the country in the world most affected by cluster munitions. I am therefore pleased that Norway and Laos have today signed an agreement on Norwegian support for implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Laos,’ said Minister

  • Final visit to Camp Nidaros

    2014-10-04 News story Ministry of Defence

    “What’s happening now is a milestone for our military involvement in Afghanistan. We no longer have operational forces in northern Afghanistan, and we’re transferring Camp Nidaros to German forces in May,” says Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen

  • Bilateral military activities with Russia suspended for the year

    2014-10-04 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Norway is suspending all scheduled bilateral military activities with Russia for the rest of the year. In March, the Government decided to suspend such activities through the end of May and to reassess the situation at that time.

  • A bill introducing compulsory military service for women

    2014-10-04 Press release Ministry of Defence

    The Government today submitted a bill to the Storting on the introduction of universal compulsory military service. The effect of the bill will be to extend conscription to women on terms equal to those that apply to men.

  • Security situation in Europe has undergone long-term change

    2014-10-04 News story Ministry of Defence

    Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide met on Wednesday with US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel in Washington, D.C. The main topics were Iraq and Ukraine, but the NATO Wales Summit and further development of the alliance were also discussed.

  • Norway to aid humanitarian effort in Iraq – offers transport aircraft

    2014-10-04 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Developments in Iraq are very worrying, and the acute emergency needs must be met quickly. “There is a great need for international involvement. Norway is therefore making a significant contribution, and looking at ways to do even more,” says

  • Seeking closer NATO ties on veterans’ affairs

    2014-10-04 Press release Ministry of Defence

    At the NATO Wales Summit in Cardiff today the allies signed a declaration in support of veterans. The declaration will contribute to closer cooperation between member states in veterans’ services and care.

  • Norway takes part in multinational rapid reaction force

    2014-10-04 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Norway will provide forces to the multinational high-readiness Joint Expeditionary Force. Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide signed the agreement during the NATO summit on Wednesday.

  • NATO is stronger after summit

    2014-10-04 News story Ministry of Defence

    "During the summit, NATO took steps that strengthen the alliance’s preparedness and response capability”, says Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide.

  • Defence cooperation between Ukraine and Norway

    2014-10-04 News story Ministry of Defence

    -Norway will send personnel to two exercises in Ukraine in September. Two staff officers are now participating in the Sea Breeze exercise in Odessa, and later in September two observers will take part in the exercise Rapid Trident. Norway has also

  • West African countries document continental shelf with Norwegian assistance

    2014-10-03 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Seven West African coastal states have submitted documentation on their continental shelf to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in New York, in order to secure their rights. Norwegian expertise on the Law of the Sea has made this

  • Foreign Minister Brende concerned about human rights situation in Aceh

    2014-10-01 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Aceh, particularly the rights of minorities,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende in response to the adoption of a new criminal code in Aceh, an autonomous province of Indonesia.

  • Norway takes over chairmanship of the Missile Technology Control Regime

    2014-10-01 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is at the forefront of efforts to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. On 1 October, Norway took over the chairmanship of the international Missile Technology Control Regime.

  • Opened the IO-Conference in Trondheim

    2014-09-30 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tord Lien, opened the international IO-Conference for researchers and industry in Trondheim. In his speech, he adressed the central importance of research and innovation in the petroleum industry.

  • Idea phase for the new government building complex

    2014-09-29 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    "We want input and ideas from the public to help create the new government building complex," says Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Jan Tore Sanner. Work is to commence on designing the layout of the new complex. The government