Norway’s conservative Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, Frp) wrapped up its first national meeting ever as a party holding government power on Sunday, and voted on a long list of thorny issues for its large group in parliament to tackle.
It wasn’t only the party’s decision to refuse state financial support for a Winter Olympics in Oslo that caught local headlines. The party also proposes a renegotiation of Norway’s economic agreement with the EU, cuts in foreign aid to countries that violate human rights, and revocation of Norwegian citizenship to anyone who carries out acts of war on behalf of other governments or groups, such as Islamist extremists who have gone to Syria to fight in the civil war.
Frp also intends to support incentives for foreign filmmakers and mining operations in Norway, create a separate police unit to enforce animal welfare, remove regulations on agricultural real estate, allow the sale of electronic cigarettes in Norway and build houses for refugees so they don’t have to live in tents in refugee camps overseas.
All told the party approved around 30 measures for consideration and possible implementation by its parliamentary group. Frp leader Siv Jensen said she was extremely satisfied and proud after the party’s national meeting at Gardermoen over the weekend, claiming that the party was more unified than ever before.