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French PM: High North increasing in strategic importance. France’s Prime Minister François Fillon ended his two-day visit to Norway yesterday, hinting at increased French investment. With France dependant on Norwegian gas and oil, aiming at strengthening the relationship between the two countries, Prime Minister Fillion described the High North as a future strategic location. “My visit to Hammerfest has indeed reinforced my belief that this region, with today’s world research center for climate changes, will play a more important role in the future. The High North is of significant economic and strategic importance, as well as regarding environmental matters,” he said at yesterday’s press conference in Oslo.

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French PM: High North increasing in strategic importance

Published on Tuesday, 15th June, 2010 at 08:55 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .

France’s Prime Minister François Fillon ended his two-day visit to Norway yesterday, hinting at increased French investment.

Jens Stoltenberg welcomes French PM Francois Fillon
Jens Stoltenberg welcomes French PM Francois Fillon
Photo: Norwegian PM's Office/Flickr


With France dependant on Norwegian gas and oil, aiming at strengthening the relationship between the two countries, Prime Minister Fillion described the High North as a future strategic location.

“My visit to Hammerfest has indeed reinforced my belief that this region, with today’s world research center for climate changes, will play a more important role in the future. The High North is of significant economic and strategic importance, as well as regarding environmental matters,” he said at yesterday’s press conference in Oslo.

He also pointed out that French investors are interested in increasing their funding of current projects, especially future Barents Sea opportunities.

After his visit to Statoil’s LNG plant at Melkøya outside Hammerfest, Prime Minister Fillon told his Norwegian counterpart Jens Stoltenberg he was very impressed by the technological challenges, the high level of security,  and the environmental matters that are taken into consideration at the plant.

Norway and France also signed an agreement confirming continued access for 22 Norwegian pupils to a 3-year 6th-Form College education at schools in Rouen, Bayeux, and Lyon.

The deal’s aim is to coordinate what the three schools offer, as well as giving French students the possibility to go to Norwegian schools.

“I'm glad we’ve now assured the education agreement with France will continue. I hope students will take advantage of this fantastic offer in the future,” said Norway’s Minister of Education, Krisitn Halvorsen, at the joint signing ceremony with French Secretary of State for European Affairs Pierre Lellouche.



Published on Tuesday, 15th June, 2010 at 08:55 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: jens, stoltenberg, francois, fillon, pierre, lellouche, kristin, halvorsen, melkoeya, high, north, lng, education, environment, investment, oil, gas, france, norway, statoil.





  
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