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  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    2014-06-27 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 advice from Norges Bank. The Financial Supervisory Authority has stated that it concurs with the advice.

  • Norway aligns itself with restrictive measures against Syria

    2014-06-26 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘It is important that Norway, together with our European partners, sends a clear signal to the Syrian authorities that the persistent use of violence is unacceptable and must end immediately. Norway will therefore align itself with the EU’s new

  • Norway doubles support for Global Partnership for Education

    2014-06-26 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway is at the forefront of a major effort to promote global education, and is doubling its support for the Global Partnership for Education. This reflects the high priority given to global education in the Government’s development policy,’ said

  • Kirsten Sandberg re-elected to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

    2014-06-25 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Professor Kirsten Sandberg, the candidate for Norway and the other Nordic countries, has been re-elected as member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. ‘I would like to congratulate Professor Sandberg, one of our foremost experts in the

  • Internet voting pilot to be discontinued

    2014-06-25 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    The Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation has decided to discontinue further internet voting pilot projects. Such pilots were carried out during the parliamentary elections in 2011 and 2013.

  • Changes among the political advisers

    2014-06-25 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has made changes among the political advisers at the Office of the Prime Minister and in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (Fisheries Affairs).

  • Congratulations to Thorbjørn Jagland

    2014-06-24 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Thorbjørn Jagland has been re-elected as Secretary General of the Council of Europe by an overwhelming majority. Both Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende congratulate on the re-election.

  • Prime Minister congratulates Thorbjørn Jagland

    2014-06-24 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘I would like to congratulate Thorbjørn Jagland on his re-election. It reflects the strong support for his reform work in the Council of Europe. In these times of crisis in Europe, with major challenges relating to human rights and democracy, the

  • The value of the SDFI is estimated to 1,234 billion NOK

    2014-06-24 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The value of the State’s Direct Financial Interest (SDFI) as of 1 January 2014 is estimated to 1,234 billion NOK. This is the result of the recent valuation of the SDFI portfolio carried out by Rystad Energy on behalf of the Ministry of Petroleum

  • Historic mission in Syria nears conclusion

    2014-06-24 Press release Ministry of Defence

    ‘I am proud of the way in which the Norwegian Armed Forces have carried out their part of the mission. Removing these weapons from Syria has been vital for ensuring that they cannot be used against the civilian population or fall into the wrong

  • Norway condemns violation of freedom of expression and other human rights in Egypt

    2014-06-23 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am deeply concerned about the trials that are taking place in Egypt and the sentences that are being imposed. Monday’s judgment against three journalists is shocking and unacceptable. In addition, 183 death sentences that were pronounced earlier

  • Historic mission in Syria nears conclusion

    2014-06-23 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘We are very pleased that the process of transporting chemical weapons out of Syria has now been completed. The last consignment of chemicals was shipped out of Syria Monday', said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. .

  • Environmental compliance demanded of new aquaculture growth

    2014-06-23 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Government will accept a five per cent growth in the Norwegian aquaculture industry, but with stringent demands regarding lice.

  • Free trade agreement with Costa Rica and Panama

    2014-06-23 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    “I am very pleased that the Storting has said yes to the free trade agreement between the EFTA member states and Costa Rica and Panama,” says Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland.

  • Free trade agreement with Colombia

    2014-06-23 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    “The free trade agreement will promote greater economic cooperation between Norway and Colombia,” says Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland.

  • Adjustments in order to increase distribution of power and private ownership

    2014-06-20 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    In the new white paper on direct ownership in state-owned enterprises the Government asks for consent to reduce state ownership in several companies.

  • Norway to provide an additional NOK 50 million to the Central African Republic

    2014-06-20 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Despite the difficult security situation in the Central African Republic, humanitarian actors are making impressive efforts to save lives and help the civilian population. Norway is providing an additional NOK 50 million to strengthen humanitarian

  • Air services negotiations with South Korea

    2014-06-20 News story Ministry of Transport and Communications

    Norway, together with Denmark and Sweden, will hold air services negotiations with South Korea 2-3 September 2014.

  • The Norwegian Government proposes increased flexibility in the state ownership of Telenor ASA and Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

    2014-06-19 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    In the forthcoming white paper concerning direct state ownership in enterprises, the Government will announce that it will propose to the Storting (the Norwegian Parliament) the flexibility to reduce the state’s ownership in Telenor ASA and

  • Norway to provide NOK 60 million in emergency aid to Iraq

    2014-06-18 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The need for emergency relief in Iraq is acute and requires immediate action. The most pressing needs are for food, water, shelter, healthcare supplies and the implementation of measures to protect the civilian population. Norway will provide NOK