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  • Norway welcomes agreement between Colombian Government and FARC on illicit drugs

    2014-05-17 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'It is encouraging that the parties to the conflict have now reached agreement on how they can work together to combat the problems related to illicit drugs in Colombia. The production and sale of cocaine is a serious problem not only for Colombia

  • Strengthened High North cooperation between Norway and Finland

    2014-05-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway and Finland are establishing a partnership with a view to cooperating more closely on the High North. The aim is to strengthen economic and scientific cooperation between our two countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Additional NOK 166 million for humanitarian assistance

    2014-05-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The need for humanitarian assistance is greater in 2014 than ever before. In the revised national budget, the Government proposes an increase of NOK 166 million in allocations for this purpose. This will enable us to provide more emergency aid for

  • Local government reform to secure future welfare

    2014-05-14 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    The Local Government White Paper contains the Government’s comprehensive plan for local government reform during this Storting session. The reform will result in larger municipalities that can take on additional responsibilities and more autonomy.

  • The Revised National Budget 2014 - A budget for growth

    2014-05-14 Press release Ministry of Finance

    - The Government took the first steps towards a change in policy direction in the amended fiscal budget for 2014. In the revised budget we continue along this path. Targeted tax reductions, high priority on infrastructure and other measures to

  • NOK 10 million to girls’ education in northern Nigeria

    2014-05-13 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Boko Haram’s kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls is an unacceptable attack on girls’ right to education. The Government has therefore decided to allocate NOK 10 million to efforts to promote safe schooling for girls in northern Nigeria and help

  • Humanitarian Pledging Conference for South Sudan, 20 May

    2014-05-13 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian Government in cooperation with the UN (OCHA) is hosting a high-level humanitarian pledging conference for South Sudan in Oslo on Tuesday 20 May. The aim is to increase humanitarian funding and to agree on what more can be done to

  • Regulation and decision on systemically important financial institutions

    2014-05-12 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has today adopted a regulation on the identification of systemically important financial institutions in Norway. This is a follow-up of the capital requirements legislation adopted by the Storting (the Norwegian

  • Norwegian general becomes the first female UN force commander

    2014-05-12 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Major General Kristin Lund was today appointed military commander of the UN peace keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Major General Lund becomes the first female force commander of a UN peacekeeping operation.

  • Norway welcomes ceasefire agreement in South Sudan

    2014-05-10 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The agreement signed yesterday by President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar could mark a turning point in the serious conflict in South Sudan. It is now essential that the parties to the conflict comply with the agreement,’ said

  • Suspension of EEA and Norway Grants to Hungary

    2014-05-09 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway has decided to suspend further disbursements of funds to Hungary under the EEA and Norway Grants scheme. The reason for this is that the Hungarian Government has moved the implementation and monitoring of the Grants scheme out of the central

  • Norway will become part of the EU’s Digital Single Market

    2014-05-07 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    The Government has decided that Norway will participate in the EU programme CEF Digital. This programme will develop a single Digital Service Infrastructure in Europe within working life, health, justice, education and commerce.

  • Foreign Minister Brende congratulates Grete Faremo on appointment as head of UNOPS

    2014-05-07 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I would like to congratulate Grete Faremo on her appointment as Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). I am pleased that Norway will now hold the top position in a UN organisation that is so important for the

  • Egypt in breach of international obligations

    2014-05-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The death sentences in Egypt in recent months are a clear breach of human rights and of Egypt’s international obligations. Norway condemns these sentences, and we have raised the matter directly with the Egyptian authorities,’ said Foreign Minister

  • Facts 2014 – All you need to know about Norwegian petroleum activities

    2014-05-05 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    This article is about the annual book on the Norwegian petroleum sector for 2014, Facts 2014, which now is replaced by NorwegianPetroleum.no

  • Humanitarian Pledging Conference for South Sudan in Oslo on 20 May

    2014-05-05 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is to host a pledging conference for South Sudan in Oslo on Tuesday 20 May. The conference is being organised in cooperation with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

  • Monument at Sørbråten postponed by one year

    2014-04-30 Press release Ministry of Culture

    The government wishes to ensure that the process surrounding the construction of monuments marking the 22 July tragedies is transparent, dignified and foreseeable.

  • Stronger Norwegian-British cooperation

    2014-04-30 News story Ministry of Defence

    The close bilateral relations between Norway and the United Kingdom and the tense security situation in Europe topped the agenda as Norwegian Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide met her British colleague, Philip Hammond, in London on Tuesday 29

  • Norwegian–Croatian cooperation on education and innovation

    2014-04-29 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Croatia and Norway are now strengthening cooperation on green industry innovation and business development, and signed an agreement to this effect in Zagreb this afternoon.

  • Monument at Sørbråten postponed by one year

    2014-04-28 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    The government wishes to ensure that the process surrounding the construction of monuments marking the 22 July tragedies is transparent, dignified and foreseeable.