Employers’ group rings Brexit alarm

Norway’s national employers’ organization NHO is warning that Norwegian businesses need to prepare for chaos when post-Brexit transition pacts between the EU and the UK expire on December 31. Progress on firming up new agreements has been slow. News bureau NTB reported last week that Norway and the UK may not have their own free […]

Small party braves a new EU storm

Norway’s small Liberal Party (Venstre) has a new leader and a new agenda that has made it the country’s first to switch sides on the thorny issue of membership in the European Union (EU). The goal is to attract new voters, even though a majority of Norwegians still oppose EU membership. Guri Melby was confirmed […]

Telenor fined for exploiting its role

European regulators are punishing Norway’s state-controlled telecoms giant Telenor with a hefty fine of NOK 1.2 billion (USD 125 million) for misusing its market dominance to put pressure on the profit margins of other operators. Telenor promptly announced Tuesday that it would appeal. “We are very surprised over both the conclusion of ESA (the European […]

Solberg squashes new EU debate

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s Conservative Party still wishes Norway would join the EU, but she’s not keen on launching a new debate on EU membership any time soon. That disappoints her own party’s youth group and, likely, one of her government coalition partners. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend that debate has already been flying […]

A new generation revives EU debate

NEWS ANALYSIS: Thursday marked the 25th anniversary of Norway’s second historic EU referendum, in which a modest but decisive majority turned down membership in the European Union once again. Now a new generation of voters seems keen to put EU membership back on the political agenda, and have a say themselves through a new referendum. […]

NAV scandal spoils prosecutor’s debut

Just as he took over his new high-ranking post as Norway’s state prosecutor, Jørn Sigurd Maurud had to declare a conflict of interest. He won’t be able to have anything to do with the legal aftermath of Norway’s biggest welfare and judicial scandal ever, since he lives with the Labour Party politician who was in […]

Government sorry for welfare scandal

Expectations were high when Norway’s government minister in charge of labour and social welfare strode to the podium in Parliament Tuesday morning. Anniken Hauglie responded by issuing an official apology to all those wrongly accused of swindling the welfare system, and she promised full compensation for their losses. Hauglie also promised a full external investigation […]

NAV scandal linked to EØS ignorance

As Norway wrestles with its biggest welfare scandal ever, legal experts claim that the real scandal extends far beyond state welfare agency NAV. They stress that it shows just how poorly Norwegian politicians, bureaucrats and prosecutors understand and interpret the European (EØS) regulations they’re supposed to follow, or what their consequences really are. “This is […]

Storm builds around Norway’s EU deal

Complaints from some of Norway’s biggest labour organizations, combined with no small dose of Norwegian populism, have been fueling dissatisfaction over Norway’s trade deal with the EU. Debate has been fueled by both uncertainty over Brexit and new questions over whether Norway should simply join the EU after all, and thus gain a stronger voice […]

Hungary wants ‘its money’ from Norway

The Hungarian government has been complaining once again that Norway is withholding its majority share of the financial aid the European Economic Area (EEA) countries dole out to Hungary as part of the EEA’a trade agreement with the EU. Norway wants to make sure its financial contribution is delivered to and controlled by civilian organizations, […]