Tag Archives: EU

Norwegian Patents and European Norm

Bernd Ewald of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry. (Photo: JE Stacy)

Norwegian Patent Office celebrates 100 years and looks out over its own borders By John Erik Stacy 16 Oct 2011 Even as the Norwegian Industrial Property Office celebrated its 100th anniversary on October 12, the focus for policy makers is to unify and rationalize patent practice across national borders. Bernd Ewald is “the patent man” at the ...

72% say no to EU membership

In a new opinion poll, 72 ​​percent of Norwegians say no to Norwegian membership in the EU. Only 12 percent said yes. This poll is the worst for the "yes" side in Norway in a very long time," writes newspaper Dagbladet. "This is a monster measurement. For the 'yes' side, this is like walking up the ...

Agreement reached on controversial Data Retention Directive

Under the Data Retention Directive,

The Conservative Party (Høyre) and Prime Minister Stoltenberg's Labor Party (AP) have reached agreement on including the controversial EU Data Retention Directive in Norwegian law. Høyre obtained acceptance for its view that data storage time be limited to a maximum of six months, and a strict control with storage facilities. The other political ...

Norway aligns itself with EU sanctions against Iran

Norway has decided to align itself with the EU’s further sanctions against Iran. “The decision is an expression of Norway’s support for the efforts of the international community to engage Iran in a binding dialogue on its nuclear programme,” State Secretary Gry Larsen commented. In the decision, reference is made to UN ...

Norway’s fight against environmental toxins: Knowledge-based management produces global results

Norwegian research has played an important role in the efforts to achieve international regulation of the environmental toxin group PBDEs. "A small country like Norway can achieve a lot in international negotiations if it has sound knowledge to rely on," the researchers emphasize. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, belong to a group of substances called brominated ...

Norway joins cooperation on energy grid in the North Sea

Today the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Riis-Johansen, signed a political declaration on strengthening the regional cooperation on development of an offshore energy grid in the North Sea region. On the side of the meeting of EU energy ministers in December 2009, nine European countries signed the declaration «The North Seas Countries Offshore Grid ...

Positive Evaluation by Norwegian participants: Extremely satisfied with EU research

Norwegian participants say they have benefited greatly from their experiences under the EU Framework Programs for Research and Technological Development. The majority state that the EU projects in which they were involved were successful or extremely successful. NIFU STEP (Norwegian Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education) conducted an evaluation of Norwegian participation under the ...

Readmission agreements with Montenegro and Serbia

Norway has formed readmission agreements with Montenegro and Serbia. An exemption from the visa requirement will also be made effective for these countries and for Macedonia starting on 19 December. ”This is in correlation with the government’s objective to establish good readmission agreements with as many nations as possible. These agreements will make it possible for ...

Decreasing turnover for water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities

The turnover in water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities was NOK 3.3 billion in July and August 2009. This is a decrease of 10 per cent compared with the same period last year. The greatest decrease is from businesses dealing with the recovery of sorted materials, which had a turnover of NOK 854 million ...