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  • EU and Norway to convene an extraordinary session of the international donor group for Palestine (AHLC)

    2018-01-10 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway's Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide and EU's High Representative Federica Mogherini have decided to convene an extraordinary session of the international donor group for Palestine, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC).

  • Verdict in the lawsuit regarding the 23rd licensing round

    2018-01-04 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Oslo District Court has found in favour of the Norwegian Government that the decision to award production licences in the 23rd licensing round is valid.

  • Norway provided more than NOK 2.5 billion to the Syria crisis in 2017

    2018-01-03 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In 2017, Norway maintained its substantial humanitarian support for civilians affected by the conflict in Syria. ‘The war in Syria is a terrible tragedy that has caused several hundred thousand deaths and forced millions of civilians to flee their

  • Suspension of export licences to the United Arab Emirates

    2018-01-03 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On the basis of a comprehensive assessment of the situation in Yemen and the increasing risks associated with the United Arab Emirates’ military engagement in the country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided on 19 December 2017 to suspend

  • The Troika Welcomes the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access Concerning the Conflict in South Sudan

    2017-12-21 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    This statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

  • China to establish a national carbon trading market

    2017-12-20 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    China has announced the creation of what is expected to be the world's largest carbon trading market. The market initially covers the power sector, but will gradually expand to include industry and other sectors.

  • Agreement on EEA and Norway Grants to Poland

    2017-12-20 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway signed extensive new MoUs with Poland on the use of funding under the EEA and Norway Grants amounting to EUR 809.3 million. The business and innovation sector will be significantly strengthened. Justice and home affairs, energy and

  • Norway to provide NOK 115 million to UN Peacebuilding Fund

    2017-12-18 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is providing NOK 115 million in funding to the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. ‘Conflict prevention is good development policy and smart aid. That is why we are now increasing our contribution to the UN Peacebuilding Fund,’ said Minister

  • Restrictive measures against Venezuela

    2017-12-15 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway has today introduced restrictive measures against Venezuela. These measures are a response to the negative developments in the country.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    2017-12-15 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has honourably discharged Mr. Elnar Remi Holmen as state secretary to Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Søviknes, as of 22 December 2017.

  • New ambassadors from DR Congo, Luxembourg and Mauritania

    2017-12-14 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Three new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 14. December 2017.

  • Closer cooperation with Latvia

    2017-12-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Today, Norway and Latvia are signing MoUs under the EEA and Norway Grants amounting to EUR 102.1 million. Research and innovation and climate and environment are key priority areas.

  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    2017-12-14 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has today decided to keep the countercyclical capital buffer requirement for banks unchanged, in line with the quarterly advice from Norges Bank.

  • Troika Statement on Peace Process in South Sudan

    2017-12-13 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Norway.

  • Sovereign wealth funds in new climate initiative

    2017-12-12 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    A working group of representatives from a number of sovereign wealth funds has been established at the One Planet Summit in Paris. The group will look into what investors can do to address the financial risks posed by climate change. The Government

  • Brazil sees reduced payments from Norway following increased deforestation in the Amazon

    2017-12-08 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Norway's rainforest payment to Brazil is sharply reduced this year compared with last year. Brazil is paid NOK 350 million (~ USD 42 million) based on the deforestation rate in the Amazon in 2016. The reduction is due to increased deforestation and

  • Norway to provide NOK 420 million to the UN emergency response fund in 2018

    2017-12-08 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Norway will increase its contribution to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) from NOK 380 million to NOK 420 million a year for the next four years. 'This will mean greater predictability for our humanitarian partners and more effective

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    2017-12-08 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Knut Morten Johansen as state secretary to Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen.

  • Deeply concerned over decision on Jerusalem

    2017-12-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am deeply concerned that the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital could lead to greater instability in the region and push the parties further away from the negotiation table. The outstanding issues in the conflict between the

  • Norway to maintain its support for UN Refugee Agency

    2017-12-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway announced today that it will provide NOK 350 million in core funding for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in 2018.