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Poll fells top Norwegian business leader. Confederation of Enterprise’s (NHO) key members believe resignation was inevitable. Paul-Christian Rieber, NHO’s former president, and his company GC Rieber Oils AS have contravened requests by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) from 2007 to suspend trade with Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara by buying fish oil. The UD claims Morocco’s occupation is a violation of human rights. Rieber’s company has also broken import regulations. Friends of the Earth Norway (Naturverforbundet) claim the company has misled Norwegian customs by declaring the oil as a human nutrition instead of a fish food product. The first category is toll-exempt.

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Poll fells top Norwegian business leader

Published on Monday, 26th April, 2010 at 13:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 27th April 2010 at 10:16.

Confederation of Enterprise’s (NHO) key members believe resignation was inevitable.

Paul-Chr. Rieber, ex NHO president
Paul-Chr. Rieber, ex NHO president
Photo: Jo Michael/NHO


Cover-up

Paul-Christian Rieber, NHO’s former president, and his company GC Rieber Oils AS have contravened requests by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) from 2007 to suspend trade with Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara by buying fish oil. The UD claims Morocco’s occupation is a violation of human rights.

Rieber’s company has also broken import regulations. Friends of the Earth Norway (Naturverforbundet) claim the company has misled Norwegian customs by declaring the oil as a human nutrition instead of a fish food product. The first category is toll-exempt.

They allege this was part of a deliberate cover-up, and believe Rieber Oils has evaded paying customs duty to the value of 75 million kroner last year alone.

Incomplete

Prior to his resignation this weekend, Rieber suggested the NHO’s vice-president, Kristin Skog Lund, conduct an inquiry as to how seriously key members regarded the his actions, together with what they believed the consequences would be for him.

Skog Lund had a list with about 12 telephone numbers to heads of some of Norway’s largest companies such as Statoil, Aker, Telenor, and Hydro.

It also contained contact details of a couple of the confederation’s representatives for small and middle-sized businesses, Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reveals. The paper claims she only managed to ring eight at the most before Rieber decided to step down.

“They believed it was an extremely grave matter, though none of them pressured him into resigning. It was his own decision,” Skog Lund says.

At Saturday’s press conference in the wake of Reiber’s resignation, she revealed he said his reasons were “out of consideration for the NHO”. Skog Lund also said his decision surprised her.

Fishy

Naturvernforbundet also claims that EWOS – the Norwegian state-owned fish food production company and one of the global market’s largest, according to Greenpeace – has bought considerable amounts of oil from Rieber’s company.

In a press statement from earlier this month, EWOS says they’ve now suspended their purchases of what they reveal are up to 20,000 annually for the past five to six years.

Truls Gulowsen, head of Greenpeace Norway, tells NRK he believes EWOS have acted contrary to promises made by the salmon industry for years by using the contentious and non-sustainable fish oil in the production of farmed salmon food. EWOS have also admitted they knew the oil came from Western Sahara.

Greenpeace has reported Rieber to the police

Meanwhile Skog Lund says Rieber Oils has ceased buying from the area. DN believes several key leaders and members of the NHO thought his resignation was unavoidable.

“It was the necessary outcome,” concludes Kristin Skog Lund.




Published on Monday, 26th April, 2010 at 13:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 27th April 2010 at 10:16.

This post has the following tags: paul-christian, rieber, fish, oils, western, sahara, ewos, greenpeace, friends, of, the, earth, naturvernforbundet, norway, customs, tax.





  
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