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Norway government official speaks Arctic to EU. Deputy Petroleum and Energy Minister Per Rune Henriksen is at the European Parliament putting forward the government’s view on oil activities in the Arctic among a possible EU ban. The EU’s Environment Committee stated last week it that it wanted a ban on any of these in the region Deputy Minister Henriksen is scheduled to tell the EU that he does not think the move is necessary. Any EU veto would not affect Norway, but he is concerned about the political implications a ban could have.

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Norway government official speaks Arctic to EU

Published on Tuesday, 25th September, 2012 at 15:20 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Deputy Petroleum and Energy Minister Per Rune Henriksen is at the European Parliament putting forward the government’s view on oil activities in the Arctic among a possible EU ban.

Arctic icebergs
Arctic icebergs
Photo: Polar Cruises/Flickr


The EU’s Environment Committee stated last week it that it wanted a ban on any of these in the region Deputy Minister Henriksen is scheduled to tell the EU that he does not think the move is necessary.

Any EU veto would not affect Norway, but he is concerned about the political implications a ban could have.

Paper Nationen reports that the official declares the EU “has no authority over what it is making statements about here, but we still believe it is important to relate the Norwegian point of view and how we organise and enable the oil industry in the Arctic.”

Norway has been engaged in petroleum activities north of the Arctic Circle since the 1980s.

“The ban is to do with the Arctic, but none of the countries located there are members of the EU,” Nationen writes Deputy Minister Henriksen as saying.

“The EU is free to argue what it wants, but this would almost be like us commenting on camel operations in the Sahara, which we do not have anything to do with,” Nationen writes the Deputy Minister as saying.




Published on Tuesday, 25th September, 2012 at 15:20 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwayarcticoil, euarcticoilban.





  
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