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  • Wegger Chr. Strømmen appointed new Foreign Ministry Secretary General

    21/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Political Director Wegger Chr. Strømmen was today appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will take up his new post this summer.

  • Norwegian Invitation to Conclude Coastal State Agreements on Blue Whiting and Norwegian Spring Spawning Herring for 2014

    20/03/2014 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Despite several rounds of negotiations, there are no coastal state agreements in place for 2014 neither for blue whiting nor for Norwegian spring spawning herring. Norway has been ready to conclude both agreements since last autumn.

  • Norway condemns Russia’s annexation of Crimea

    18/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Norway condemns Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which is in violation of international law. The use of military force by Russia to redraw national boundaries is unacceptable,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • Election victory for largest governing party in Serbia

    17/03/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The parliamentary elections in Serbia have given the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic a clear mandate to continue the policy of reform, the process of EU integration and work to normalise

  • Regrettable Russian veto in the Security Council

    15/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Russia vetoed a resolution in the UN Security Council this afternoon regarding the situation in Ukraine. Norway was co-sponsor of the resolution.

  • Crimea referendum illegal and illegitimate

    14/03/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The use of force, threats of the use of force and intervention in the internal affairs of another country violate the fundamental principles of international law,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Norway condemns rocket attacks on Israel

    13/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I condemn the rocket attacks launched from Gaza at southern Israel both yesterday and today,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Accusations against UN mission in South Sudan are unacceptable

    12/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “The unreasonable and groundless accusations that have been made against the UN mission in South Sudan the last few days are unacceptable. The UN represents the entire international community in its efforts to support South Sudan on the path towards

  • Financial advisers appointed for privatisation of Entra

    11/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Entra and the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries have appointed ABG Sundal Collier, Goldman Sachs and Swedbank as financial advisers for the privatisation of Entra.

  • Council of Europe must discuss situation in Ukraine

    10/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “A meeting of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers should be held as soon as possible to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The Council of Europe plays a key role in promoting democracy and the rule of law in its member states. The Council

  • Croatia to become part of the EEA

    07/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government decided today to request the Storting to approve the agreement on EEA enlargement that will allow Croatia to become part of the European Economic Area (EEA). This will open up new opportunities for closer cooperation between Norway

  • Violence against women – our response

    07/03/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    With the celebration of the International Women’s Day around the corner, we take the opportunity to focus on violence against women in Europe - a violation of fundamental human rights which cuts across all levels of society.

  • Nordic seminar on the economic benefits of a Cyprus solution

    07/03/2014 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Following the recent resumption of the Cyprus peace negotiations Norway together with the Nordic countries have taken the initiative for a Brussels based seminar organised by the Peace Research Institute Oslo.

  • Norway upholds its commitment to Syria operation

    07/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Despite delays on the ground, Norway upholds its commitment to the OPCW-UN to transport Syrian chemical agents out of Syria within the deadline set by the UN Security Council.

  • Consensus to protect the central Arctic Ocean from unregulated fisheries

    05/03/2014 News story Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    Consensus to protect the central Arctic Ocean from unregulated fisheries. Senior officials of the five coastal States surrounding the central Arctic Ocean - Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Kingdom of Norway, the Russian Federation and the

  • OECD launches their latest country survey on Norway

    05/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Finance

    Secretary General to the OECD Angel Gurría visits Norway today to launch their biannual survey on the Norwegian economy. Measures to lift productivity in the Norwegian economy are among the topics analysed in the survey. OECD also discusses the need

  • Norway condemns Russian military escalation in Crimea

    02/03/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “Together with the other members of NATO, Norway condemns Russia’s military escalation on the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine. Russia’s military activities in Crimea and the threats of further use of military force are a breach of international law.

  • Reform and fight against corruption vital in Ukraine

    27/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I welcome the formation of an interim government in Ukraine. It is vital for the country to re-establish a properly functioning government apparatus as quickly as possible after the recent turmoil, and to start essential reform processes,” said

  • 20,000 new seed samples deposited in Svalbard

    27/02/2014 News story Ministry of Agriculture and Food

    A new shipment of seeds from food plants has been deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault for long-term storage. The shipment, that was transported to the seed vault in Longyearbyen this week, contains 20,000 seed samples from Japan, Brazil,

  • Norway condemns school attack in Nigeria

    26/02/2014 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    “I am deeply shocked by the terrorist attack on schoolchildren and other innocent people in Yobe in north-eastern Nigeria. Norway condemns both this latest atrocity and the recent violence against people in the neighbouring state of Borno in the

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