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  • Visit to supply and service industry in Møre og Romsdal county

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

    Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien visited Rolls-Royce Marine and NCE Maritime in Ålesund, as well as Kleven yard in Ulsteinvik, on Friday. During his visit, he was introduced to the maritime cluster in Møre og Romsdal county.

  • Norway to lead work on financing for the UN’s new development goals

    07/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “This is a challenging and important task that gives Norway an opportunity to help ensure that the UN’s new development goals are achieved,” commented Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Norwegian contribution to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture's Benefit-Sharing Fund

    06/02/2014 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    Norway is paying close to NOK 700,000 to the International Plant Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund. This corresponds to 0.1 per cent of the value of the trade in seed products in agriculture in Norway in 2013, and is an annual contribution from

  • Norway to provide NOK 6 million to AU peacekeeping mission

    01/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government is providing NOK 6 million to support the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic.

  • Concern about freedom of the press in Egypt

    31/01/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am deeply concerned about freedom of the press in Egypt. A free press is essential for democratic development. The arrest of both Egyptian and foreign journalists raises questions about the way freedom of the press is being practised in Egypt,”

  • New decisions about the Government Pension Fund Global

    30/01/2014 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has decided to exclude the companies Sesa Sterlite, Africa Israel Investments and Danya Cebus from the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG).

  • Norway appeals WTO panel’s report in the seal case

    29/01/2014 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    On 24th January 2014, Norway filed a notice of appeal regarding the dispute settlement panel’s report in the seal case.

  • Foreign Minister Brende congratulates Tunisia on constitution

    27/01/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “We are very pleased that Tunisia has adopted a constitution that safeguards basic human rights and builds on democratic principles,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Norway provides an additional NOK 50 million in emergency relief to South Sudan

    27/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Over 4.4 million people in South Sudan are in need of emergency assistance. The conflict that broke out in December has made a difficult situation even worse. We are therefore doubling Norway’s funding for humanitarian assistance, from NOK 50

  • Conclusion of peace negotiations between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

    26/01/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “It is very encouraging that the parties have now agreed to all chapters in the comprehensive peace agreement. The agreement demonstrates the parties’ commitment to achieving peace and development in Mindanao”, said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

  • Norway condemns bomb attacks in Cairo

    24/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in Cairo today. We have seen increasing violence, bombings and repeated attacks on security forces recently. These activities undermine democratic developments in Egypt and further poison the political

  • Coastal-states talks on mackerel to continue

    24/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Yet another round of coastal-states talks on the management of mackerel ended inconclusively today, Friday 24 JanuaryThe parties agreed, however, to reconvene on Tuesday 28 January, in Bergen, Norway.

  • Childhood comes but once

    24/01/2014 News story Ministry of Children and Families

    National strategy to combat violence and sexual abuse against children and youth (2014-2017).

  • Ceasefire agreement signed in South Sudan

    23/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Norway welcomes the ceasefire agreement in South Sudan. It is crucial that the parties now keep strictly to these agreements. All hostilities must cease at once and civilians must gain access to humanitarian assistance,” said Minister of Foreign

  • Escalating violence in Ukraine

    22/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Deaths have been reported in connection with the demonstrations in Ukraine. Developments in the country are alarming. I urge both sides to refrain from violence at once and to enter into talks to avoid more bloodshed. The leaders of Ukraine have a

  • Negotiations with the EU on the EEA and Norway Grants

    22/01/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Negotiations with the EU on financial contributions 2014 - 2019 and on market access for fish started today. “We look forward to constructive negotiations and a successful outcome,” commented Ingvild Næss Stub, State Secretary in the Ministry of

  • APA 2013 – Strong interest in further exploration of the Norwegian shelf

    21/01/2014 Press release Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    The Government has decided to offer ownership interests to 48 companies in 65 new production licences in connection with the 2013 Awards in Predefined Areas (APA 2013).

  • Norway seen as “solutions-oriented ally”

    20/01/2014 News story Ministry of Defence

    Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide today met US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon. “We had a very good and constructive meeting and are both agreed that the transatlantic partnership is more important than ever,” says Søreide.

  • Norway offers UN airlift support

    20/01/2014 News story Ministry of Defence

    New York: Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide concludes her visit to the United States with meetings at the United Nations. Today she offered Norwegian air transport assistance to the UN mission in South Sudan.

  • The F-35 combat aircraft: Important to “keep up the good progress”

    20/01/2014 News story Ministry of Defence

    Washington, D.C.: Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide today met the head of the US combat aircraft programme, Lieutenant General Bogdan. “It is important for the programme to keep up the good progress and continue the work of preparing for

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