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  • Norway working to remove fossil fuel subsidies

    03/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government will work at the international level to promote the removal of subsidies on fuels that are harmful to the environment, exacerbate climate change and undermine sustainable development. ‘We have drawn up a strategy aimed at phasing

  • Final effort to reach the Millennium Development Goals

    03/07/2014 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘The world has come a long way towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals, but we must speed up our efforts in all areas before the 2015 deadline,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Together with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, she is

  • Norway condemns murder of Palestinian teenager

    02/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ’I condemn the murder of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem on 2 July. There is no excuse for acts of revenge. The circumstances surrounding the murder are still unclear, but it is of crucial importance in this case too that the perpetrators are

  • Boost for education in Malawi

    02/07/2014 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    Malawi is the first pilot country to receive support through the Government’s global education effort. ‘Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Norway will provide around NOK 100 million annually to strengthen the country’s education

  • Government support to European research programme on CCS

    02/07/2014 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    On behalf of the Norwegian Government, Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien has replied positively to an invitation from the European Commissioner of Energy Günther Oettinger to participate in a research programme under the Horizon 2020

  • Moving election work to Tønsberg

    01/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    The Government has decided that the responsibility for organising elections in Norway will be moved out of the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation to an election directorate. The election directorate will be located in Tønsberg. “We want

  • Norway condemns killing of Israeli teenagers

    01/07/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway condemns the killing of the three Israeli teenagers who were abducted nearly three weeks ago. Those responsible must be arrested and brought to justice, and further escalation of the conflict must be avoided,’ said Minister of Foreign

  • Norway and the EU Power Market

    01/07/2014 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The European Commission and the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy will hold a conference on the EU power market.

  • Prime Minister to visit South Africa, Malawi and Rwanda

    01/07/2014 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Erna Solberg is visiting South Africa, Malawi and Rwanda this week to promote the right of children to education and healthcare, and to help to intensify efforts to meet the UN Millennium Development Goal on poverty reduction.

  • NEFCO to close first Call for Proposals for NorCaP

    30/06/2014 Press release Ministry of Climate and Environment

    Nordic Environment Finance Corporation has as the Facility Manager of the NEFCO Norwegian Carbon Procurement Facility (NorCaP) decided to close its procurement of CERs under the first Call for Proposals.

  • Government and business sector to cooperate on vocational training in developing countries

    28/06/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government has entered into a partnership with the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and Norwegian companies with a view to strengthening vocational training in developing countries.

  • Norway and the US concerned about developments in Hungary

    27/06/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway and the US share concerns about the situation for civil society in Hungary,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen, following a meeting with US Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Melia today.

  • Norway congratulates Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova on EU association

    27/06/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway congratulates Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia on the signing of their association agreements with the EU. These agreements will bring these countries an important step closer to European integration,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    27/06/2014 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

    26/06/2014 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

    26/06/2014 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

    25/06/2014 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

    25/06/2014 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

    25/06/2014 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

    24/06/2014 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.

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