EFTA investigates Telenor prices

Norwegian telecoms giant Telenor Norge and its parent company Telenor ASA are under investigation by the European Free Trade Association’s (EFTA) Surveillance Authority, the ESA, over allegations the partially state-owned company breached European competition rules. It’s the second investigation launched against Telenor this month, after white collar crime unit Økokrim raided its offices over its […]

Labour unions hail court victory

Norway’s Supreme Court had the last word in a long-standing battle between Norwegian shipyard employers and trade unions when it ruled this week that foreign guest workers are entitled to the same wages and rights as permanent employees. The industry voiced concern over its future competitiveness related to higher costs, while labour officials hailed the […]

Government owes widowers millions

Around 3,500 Norwegian widowers are still owed pension money denied to them by a 1976 law that was ruled to discriminate on the basis of gender by a European court in 2007. The implementation of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court judgment of four years ago is overseen by EFTA’s Surveillance Authority (ESA), which […]

Høyre loses voters on data storage deal

An unusual amount of members are leaving The Conservative party (Høyre) after the party decided to go along with a controversial EU-imposed directive to store personal data. Without Høyre’s support, the parliament had seemed poised to lodge its first veto ever. Even though Norway is not a member of the EU, it’s expected to conform […]

New EU debate brewing in ‘No-way’

NEWS ANALYSIS Iceland’s moves towards joining the European Union (EU) are forcing Norwegians to confront their own internal quarrels over EU membership. For years, the issue of EU membership has been firmly suppressed by two coalition governments split over the issue themselves. With national elections looming in September, voters on both sides of the issue […]