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Prime Minister Stoltenberg in Brussels

The Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, visited Brussels on 23 January. Stoltenberg met leading representatives of all major institutions of the European Union, as well as NATO.

15/02/2006 :: The Prime Minister met with the General Secretary of NATO, Jap de Hoop Scheffer, followed by the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana. He also had lunch with EU Commissioner and Vice President Margot Wallström before he met the President of the Commission, José Manuel Barroso and the President of the European Parliament, Joseph Borell.

“The European Union is extremely important for Norway. This is reflected by the Norwegian government’s active policy towards both individual European countries as well as the European Union in itself”, Stoltenberg stated to the press after the meetings.

In a meeting with the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of the High North when it comes to both the fishery and the pan-European energy sector. “Europe is about to discover the richness of the Arctic regions. This area is constantly moving towards greater cooperation”, Stoltenberg said.

In the talks with both Solana and Barroso, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of continuing the work to end poverty. The vaccination programs against common children’s diseases in developing countries were emphazised.

In the meeting with the General Secretary of NATO, Jap de Hoop Scheffer, the Prime Minister highlighted the need for the international fight against terror to remain within the framework of international law.


 

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Stoltenberg meets Commissioner Margot WalströmPhoto: European Commission