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Norwegian pro-EU Labour veteran passes. Labour Party (Ap) politician and journalist Reiulf Steen died, Thursday morning, aged 80. Mr Steen, who was born in 1933 in Buskerud County’s Hurum, began working at the age of 17 in Nitroglycerin Compagniet in the County’s Sætre municipality, eastern Norway. He subsequently started as a journalist in publication Fremtiden in Drammen four years later in 1954, before beginning his full-time political career in 1958 as Secretary of the Labour Youth Party (AUF).

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Norwegian pro-EU Labour veteran passes

Published on Thursday, 5th June, 2014 at 13:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th June 2014 at 19:20.

Labour Party (Ap) politician and journalist Reiulf Steen died, Thursday morning, aged 80.

L-R: Jens Stoltenberg, Reiulf Steen
Incumbent Labour Party leader Jens Stoltenberg meeting the late Reiulf Steen (1933-2014) on the occasion of his 80th Birthday on 16th August 2013.L-R: Jens Stoltenberg, Reiulf Steen
Photo: Norwegian Labour Party/Flickr


Mr Steen, who was born in 1933 in Buskerud County’s Hurum, began working at the age of 17 in Nitroglycerin Compagniet in the County’s Sætre municipality, eastern Norway.

He subsequently started as a journalist in publication Fremtiden in Drammen four years later in 1954, before beginning his full-time political career in 1958 as Secretary of the Labour Youth Party (AUF).

The late politician, who went on to lead AUF between 1961 and 1964, was also Deputy Labour Party Chairman for some ten years from 1965.

He became Party Chairman in 1975 and held that post until 1981. His Cabinet posts were Minister of Transport from 1971 to 1972 and Minister of Commerce and Trade from 1979 to 1981.

In 1985, he assumed the post of Vice President of the Norwegian Parliament, which he held until 1989.

He also held a number of international and other posts in his later political career. These included being appointed as the Norwegian Ambassador to Chile, Peru, and Ecuador, respectively, between 1992 and 1996.

Moreover, he was in favour of Norway becoming a member of the EU, and was leader of Europabevegelsen from 1999 to 2001.

“It is with great sadness Europabevegelsen received the news today that our former leader Reiulf Steen is not with us anymore,” they wrote in a statement.

Current leader Jan Eirk Grindheim added that “our thoughts and deepest sympathy go to his family at this time.

“A true European has passed away, but his dedication and issue are carried forward.”



Published on Thursday, 5th June, 2014 at 13:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th June 2014 at 19:20.

This post has the following tags: norway, eu, labour.





  
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