Budget negotiations moved to the Prime Minister’s Office

The budget negotiations between the governing parties and the Socialist Left Party (SV) are being moved to the Prime Minister's Office (SMK), TV 2 reports.

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According to TV2, there is still a large distance between the negotiating parties when it comes to tax and oil issues. Photo by Elisabeth Mellingen Greve / Unsplash

The negotiations have been ongoing throughout the weekend. The process is now being moved to the SMK, but the members of the Finance Committee at the Norwegian parliament (Storting) will continue leading the talks.

The party leaders are already involved in the process, the news bureau NTB reports.

The Labour Party (AP), the Centre Party (SP), and the SV have been negotiating since November 7th to reach an agreement on next year’s state budget.

Since the AP and the SP have a minority government, they must get the support of another party in the Storting to get a majority for their budget.

The negotiations are currently being led by Eigil Knutsen (AP), Geir Pollestad (SP), and Torgeir Knag Fylkesnes (SV).

The three have had several meetings over the weekend. According to TV2, there is still a large distance between the negotiating parties when it comes to tax and oil issues.

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Norwegian parliament joins the government in TikTok ban

Norway's parliament (Storting) has decided to adopt the ban TikTok and Telegram on work devices that the government implemented for ministers and officials earlier this week.

Norwegian parliament joins the government in TikTok ban

The ban comes after the government announced ministers and officials would no longer be allowed the apps on phones used for official government purposes.

“The Presidency has today decided that the apps TikTok and Telegram are not allowed to be installed on devices with access to the Storting’s systems. The decision is in line with NSM’s recommendation. In addition, the administration has made its own assessments,” Masud Gharahkhani, President of the Storting, announced.

The ban on the two apps is official for MPs, with the President of the Storting advising they be removed as quickly as possible. Employees with access to parliament’s systems have also been asked to remove the apps.

Governments in Britain, the United States and the European Commission have banned TikTok on work devices. TikTok acknowledged in November that some employees in China could access European user data and admitted in December that employees had used the data to spy on journalists.

The group has, however, insisted that the Chinese government has no control over or access to its data. Meanwhile, Telegram is being banned over similar fears of espionage from Russia.

Last year, the Norwegian Minister of Justice, Emilie Enger Mehl, found herself in hot water over her use of TikTok and having it installed on a work phone. She said she had used the app to try and reach a younger audience.