CM – Noway’s center-left government is focused on climate issues, says Prime Minister-designate Jonas Gahr Stoere

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Jonas Gahr Stoere, leader of Norway’s center-left Labor Party, revealed his plans for a new cabinet to take office this week after Norway’s left-wing bloc won last month’s polls.

Published: October 13, 2021 11:07 PM |

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Norway’s Prime Minister-designate and leader of the Labor Party Jonas Gahr Stoere (left) and Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, leader of the Center Party. (Photo | AP)

HELSINKI: Norway’s Prime Minister-designate presented his proposal on Wednesday for a two-party center-left minority government that pledges to « pursue fair climate policies that reduce emissions and create jobs ».

Jonas Gahr Stoere, leader of Norway’s center-left Labor Party, announced plans for a new cabinet to take office this week after Norway’s left-wing bloc won last month’s general election.

The 61-year-old Gahr Stoere, who was officially commissioned by King Harald V to form a government on Tuesday, is about to become Prime Minister of a government that also includes the Eurosceptic Center Party.

He will become head of government on Thursday of the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, who was deposed in the elections on September 13 after two four-year terms.

Gahr Stoere and Trygv e Slagsvold Vedum, the leader of the third largest Norwegian Center Party, presented an 83-page policy program for 2021-2025 in which climate and the environment are key areas.

« Climate and nature must be a framework for all policy. Norway’s ambitious climate targets commit the entire government and all segments of society. « 

The elections for ministerial portfolios are due to be published on Thursday, but it is widely expected that Slagsvold Vedum will become Norway’s next finance minister.

When voting in On September 9th, the Labor Party and its two left-wing allies, the Socialist Left and the Center Party, won 100 seats in the 169-seat Stortinget assembly, while Erna Solberg’s center-right government won 68 seats.

The Labor Party – the largest party in the non-EU member Norway – won the election with 26.3 percent of the vote, while the Center Party took third place with 20.4 percent.

Gahr Stoere wanted a majority government with all three left-wing parties form, but failed after the talks with the socialist left because of disagreements in climate policy, especially the Norwegian oil industry rie, and the taxation failed.

The oil industry is the largest industry in the Scandinavian country and is responsible for over 40 percent of exports and directly employs more than 5 percent of the workforce.

The new center-left cabinet will continue the oil exploration efforts and « permits will continue to be issued for the search for oil and gas in new areas, » says the government program.

Most of the country’s oil and gas still comes from mature areas in the North Sea, but most of the undeveloped reserves are in the Barents Sea above the Arctic Circle, a red line for environmentalists.

On the other hand, Norwegians are among the most climate-conscious consumers in the world, with most new car purchases now being made electrically. </ Disclaimer: We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be careful in moderating your comments. All comments are moderated by the editorial newindianexpress.com. Avoid comments that are obscene, defamatory, or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid external hyperlinks within the comment. Help us delete comments that do not comply with these guidelines.

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