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  • EUR 20 million for fighting poverty in Romania

    21/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    An additional EUR 20 million of the Norway Grants is to be used to fight poverty in Romania, with particular focus on regions with a large number of Roma people.

  • Considerable interest in further exploration of the Norwegian Shelf

    20/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Government is today offering ownership interests in 54 new production licences in connection with the Awards in Pre-defined Areas 2014 (APA 2014). Forty-three different companies are offered ownership interests in the licensing round.

  • 23 round: New, major opportunities for Northern Norway

    20/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is today announcing the 23rd licensing round. The round consists of 57 blocks, or parts of blocks. These are distributed with 34 blocks in the south-eastern Barents Sea (the formerly disputed area towards Russia)

  • "The petroleum activities are our most important industry"

    15/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    In The Shelf in 2014, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is presenting investment and production forecasts and results of exploration and production in 2014.

  • Foreign Minister Brende condemns attack in Nigeria

    10/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news that once again a young girl has been used as a suicide bomber, this time at a market in the city of Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria. I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms,’ said

  • Prime Minister Solberg congratulates Sri Lanka’s new president

    09/01/2015 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on Thursday’s presidential election and the country’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, on his victory,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • Change among the political advisers

    09/01/2015 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has appointed Ms Ida Malthe-Sørenssen (34), communication adviser, Slemmestad, as political adviser to Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker from 12 January 2015. She will be acting during political adviser

  • Norway condemns terrorist attack in Paris

    07/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I condemn the appalling terrorist attack in Paris today in the strongest possible terms. We stand together with the people of France in their grief,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Innovation for global health and education

    06/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Norwegian business sector and various relevant experts have submitted a total of 116 proposals for how Norway can help to achieve a new set of ambitious goals and targets for education and global health over the next 15 years. This is in

  • Norway supports job creation in developing countries

    06/01/2015 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Job opportunities and a good framework for the private sector are vital for sustainable development. Norway is now providing NOK 70 million to a new trust fund under the World Bank to promote job creation in developing countries,’ said Minister of

  • Cyberattack on Sony Pictures ‘unacceptable’

    20/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am concerned by the unacceptable cyberattack on Sony Pictures’, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Three Wishes for Cinderella goes digital

    19/12/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The digital revolution within film and television has now caught up with Three Wishes for Cinderella. Cinderella, the prince, Jurášek and Rozárka goes digital from 2015. Even her stepmother and stepsister will come in brighter colours and better

  • No results in negotiations on Norwegian spring sprawning herring and blue whiting

    19/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    The Parties will meet again 19 January.

  • Countercyclical buffer unchanged

    19/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has today decided to keep the level of the countercyclical capital buffer requirement for banks unchanged at 1 percent from 30 June 2015, in line with advice from Norges Bank. The Financial Supervisory Authority has stated

  • The responsible investment management framework of the Government Pension Fund Global

    18/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Ministry of Finance has issued new guidelines for observation and exclusion from the Fund. Some amendments have also been made in the mandate given to Norges Bank on the management of the Fund. The changes come into effect 1 January 2015.

  • Standardization of personal connected health with Continua

    18/12/2014 News story Ministry of Health and Care Services

    New technology can help to improve health and care services and give people the opportunity to manage their own lives. To ensure that different solutions work together, the Norwegian Government introduces the standardization framework Continua on

  • Norway gives NOK 410 million to UN’s emergency response fund

    17/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Seldom has the world witnessed so many major humanitarian crises as it did in 2014, and the UN estimates that the need for humanitarian relief will continue to increase next year,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Norway will increase its

  • Public hearing – investments in coal and petroleum companies

    17/12/2014 News story Ministry of Finance

    Today, the Ministry of Finance has circulated the report from the Expert Group on the Government Pension Fund Global’s investments in coal and petroleum companies for a public hearing amongst Norwegian stakeholders.

  • The EU establishes dialogue to promote the rule of law

    16/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    On 16 December, the Council of the European Union agreed to establish an internal dialogue to follow up EU member states’ compliance with their commitments to the rule of law under EU treaties. The dialogue will be held on a yearly basis.

  • Norway condemns terrorist attack on school in Pakistan

    16/12/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I condemn today’s terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar in the strongest possible terms. Targeting children and teachers in this manner is despicable,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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