Centre’s (Sp) Food and Farming Minister has the knives out for Opposition politicians in the latest round of cheese toll wars.
Not only was the Party cheesed off at last year’s Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the EU, Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum now attacks the Conservatives (H) for buttering their own bread, but not on Norway’s side.
Slicing into what he terms their “national disloyalty” and their “completely unbelievable servility to the EU”, he does, in fact, mention the War.
“The line for the the post-war period has been that Norwegians must act together externally even if they disagree among themselves. We have to protect our own interests as a small country. But the Conservatives care more about Danish farmers than Norwegian [ones],” he rallies.
He also accuses the Rightists of going to the EU behind Norway’s back, and that the EU would not have noticed the matter had the Party not fed Swedish MEP Kristoffer Fjellner with information about the upped levies.
Mr Fjellner worked for the Norwegian Conservatives under their 2001 general election campaign, Leftist newspaper Klassekampen also reports.
The MEP stated last month the EU and Norway need to “sit down around the negotiating table and find solutions both stand to profit from rather than [imposing] unilateral toll increases” amongst whiffs of increased bilateral trade.
Meanwhile, Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, who denied he was booted out of an Oslo eating establishment over raised cheese tolls, also threatens to up them again.
“We’ll carry this out if the Norwegian farmer needs improved toll protection measures. We’re primarily concerned about the thousands of jobs in the food industry and Norwegian food safety instead of being pleasant the EU,” he concludes.
Minority Centre has now voted to hold a national referendum on the EEA Agreement, and withdraw Norway from Schengen.