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  • Changes in banks’ capital requirements from year-end 2020

    11/12/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance will adopt amendments to banks’ capital requirements effective from year-end 2020, with a two-year transitional rule for smaller banks. The systemic risk buffer requirement will be increased from 3 to 4.5 per cent, and new

  • Colombia, Germany, Norway and the UK step up efforts to stop the destruction of forests in Colombia

    11/12/2019 News story Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Colombia is committing to ambitious goals to reduce deforestation and to launch large-scale programmes in support of forest conservation and ethnic groups. Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom will contribute up to 360 million USD to help Colombia

  • Signing ceremony of the renewed Joint Declaration of Intent: Strengthened efforts to tackle deforestation i Colombia

    10/12/2019 Press release Ministry of Climate and Environment

    On Wedenesday December 11. Colombia, Germany, Norway and UK will announce their joint commitment to step up efforts to protect forests, biodiversity and promote sustainable development.  The signing ceremony will take place at COP25 and the press

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    OECD on Norway: High living standard, appropriate economic policy, but narrower fiscal space

    09/12/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The OECD today presented its biannual survey of the Norwegian economy with recommendations on how to meet challenges ahead. The survey emphasizes that economic growth is robust and economic policy appropriate. Yet, sustaining high levels of economic

  • Changes in the capital requirements for insurers’ residential real estate exposures

    05/12/2019 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has today adopted an amendment to the Norwegian implementation of the Solvency II framework. The amendment aims to better align the capital requirements for insurers and banks regarding residential real estate exposures.

  • Norway to strengthen cooperation with the UN on marine plastic litter from shipping and fisheries

    05/12/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    ‘In the fight against marine litter, it is vital to strengthen the capacity to prevent pollution from shipping and fisheries in developing countries. Norway is therefore allocating NOK 40 million to a new project under the International Maritime

  • Norway to provide assistance for response to measles outbreak in Samoa

    02/12/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Government of Samoa has declared a state of emergency in order to respond to the measles outbreak in the country, which is mainly affecting children. The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked European countries for assistance in responding

  • New Oslo Action Plan to combat landmines

    29/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Under the Norwegian presidency, the new and ambitious Oslo Action Plan is being adopted to step up action against landmines. The Action Plan is an important step towards the goal of a mine-free world by 2025,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine

  • Joint statement on joining Instex by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden

    29/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden are in the process of becoming shareholders of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (Instex), they say in a joint statement.

  • Members of the Executive Board of Norges Bank

    29/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The King in Council has today appointed members to the Executive Board of Norges Bank (the central bank of Norway). Deputy Governor Jon Nicolaisen and Deputy Governor Egil Matsen have been appointed First Deputy Chair and Second Deputy Chair,

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    29/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Mr. Alf Erik Bergstøl Andersen as state secretary to Minister of Justice and Immigration, Mr. Jøran André Smedal Kallmyr. Mr. Tom Staahle is appointed as state secretary to Minister

  • New ambassadors from Afghanistan and Seychelles

    28/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Two new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 28 November 2019.

  • New report to the Storting on state ownership

    22/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The new ownership policy facilitates value creation, today and in future. In the policy, the Government has developed and clarified its expectations of the companies, for example as regards transparency, diversity and responsible business conduct.

  • Changes among the state secretaries

    22/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the King has appointed Ms. Inger Klippen as temporarily state secretary to Minister of Health, Mr. Bent Høie, from 1 January to 4 October 2020.

  • Norway Launches International Development Strategy on Combating Non-Communicable Diseases

    22/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Care Services

    ‘We cannot eradicate poverty by 2030 without better health. Norway’s new strategy to combat non-communicable diseases in developing countries makes a key contribution to those goals,’ says Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.

  • New report to the Storting on state ownership: the majority of the authorisations to sell will remain in place

    22/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Government is not asking the Storting for new authorisations to reduce the state’s ownership. The framework for the state’s exercise of ownership has remained unchanged since the early 2000s, and will continue to apply.

  • Statement by Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide on the situation in Iran

    21/11/2019 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I am deeply disturbed by reports on death toll and excessive use of violence in Iran. In a meeting with the Iranian embassy today, we urged Iran to respect the right to peaceful protest, freedom of expression, access to information and to

  • Safe Schools Declaration endorsed by 100 countries

    20/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Schools, pupils and teachers are being attacked in many conflict situations around the world today. One hundred countries have now endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration on protecting children and education in situations of armed conflict. ‘Norway

  • Changes among the political advisers

    20/11/2019 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed Mr. Christian Haugen as political adviser to Minister of Public Security Ingvil Smines Tybring‐Gjedde, as of 21 November 2019.

  • UN consensus on strengthening protection of human rights defenders

    19/11/2019 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Norwegian-led resolution on human rights defenders has been adopted by consensus in the UN Human Rights Committee. ‘At a time when human rights are coming under severe pressure, it is important that a united UN calls for strengthened protection of

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