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Norway’s Labor: Brief pre-election overview. Equal opportunity for all is the main priority for the Labor Party (Ap). They aim to reach this through tasks carried out in five different fields: these include employment for all, skills and expertise, health, national participation and building the country forward. The Party hopes to ensure employment for all through an active industrial policy, investing in areas where Norway is at a natural advantage. Human resources are important assets to be concentrated on through further developments and improvements in the educational system. An emphasis is put on ensuring an increase in available jobs for different society sectors.

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Norway’s Labor: Brief pre-election overview

Published on Sunday, 8th September, 2013 at 10:04 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last Updated on 8th September 2013 at 23:27.

Equal opportunity for all is the main priority for the Labor Party (Ap).

Jens Stoltenberg
Labour Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Jens StoltenbergJens Stoltenberg
Photo: ©2013 Ben McPherson/The Foreigner


They aim to reach this through tasks carried out in five different fields: these include employment for all, skills and expertise, health, national participation and building the country forward.

The Party hopes to ensure employment for all through an active industrial policy, investing in areas where Norway is at a natural advantage.

Human resources are important assets to be concentrated on through further developments and improvements in the educational system. An emphasis is put on ensuring an increase in available jobs for different society sectors.

The tax system is intended used as a mobilization method, with zero tolerance for zero rate taxpayers. Wealth tax is to be kept, and ensuring that those who can afford to, contribute more.

Listed below are four issues picked out that Labor regards as important.

Immigration

Integration:

  • Information about rights and duties of living in Norway distributed to incoming residents and workers.
  • Offer 300 hours of Norwegian and social studies courses for European Economic Area migrant workers and their families in Norway for more than six months.
  • Pass a final examination offered by the Norwegian and social studies course in order to obtain Norwegian citizenship.

Asylum:

  • Increase the refugee quota by at least 1,500 people. Further increase if possible.
  • Asylum seekers/refugees who have had their applications rejected have a duty to leave the country.
  • Pursue an active return policy, ensuring more people can return home voluntarily, but also making incentive measures possible.
  • Support work done by the UN High Commissioner for refugees by promoting this group’s rights.
  • Grant young asylum seekers the right to secondary education.

The Environment

Emissions:

  • Discontinue subsidies on fossil fuels.
  • Invest more in public transport. Norway intended to be carbon neutral by 2050.
  • Some initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emission include implementing a new climate and energy fund, and increasing CO2 taxes on offshore operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Oil Drilling:

  • Assisting the hydrocarbon industry in the north, both on development and starting exploration in the previously contested areas near the border with Russia (before the maritime delimitation treaty, signed in 2010).
  • Carry out an impact assessment report on hydrocarbon activity in the untouched areas of Lofoten, Versterålen, and Senja. The question of opening these areas will be considered by parliament congress in 2015.

Transport:

  • Increase public transportation, cycling and walking in the major cities.
  • Continue automobile taxes in order to reduce transport sector emissions.
  • Prioritize transport corridors and the trunk road network.
  • Prioritize developing an inter-city rail triangle in the Østlandet (eastern Norway) region and other big city areas. This in cases where the rail system can cover a large portion of the increase in transport demand.
  • Create a national cycling strategy and promote cycling and walking as natural part of the National Transport Plan.

Taxation:

  • Use more money on elderly care, health care and schools rather than giving tax cuts to people with more money.
  • Keep wealth tax so to encourage richer citizens to participate.


Published on Sunday, 8th September, 2013 at 10:04 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last updated on 8th September 2013 at 23:27.

This post has the following tags: norwayelection, pollingdaynorway.





  
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