Norwegian Prime Minister met Schüssel in Vienna

Energy was the main topic of discussion when President in office of the European Council, Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, met with the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on 5 May in Vienna.

15/08/2006 :: “Norway is a big player on the global energy market and a particularly important supplier of oil and gas to the European Union. We can learn a lot from one another”, Schüssel said at the press conference after the Friday meeting.

More than 20 percent of the oil and about 30 percent of all gas supplies to the European Union come from Norway. “That makes Europe’s biggest energy supplier and hence an important strategic player”, Schüssel said.
Furthermore, Mr. Stoltenberg and Mr. Schussel discussed multilateral issues and UN affairs. Schüssel emphasized the important role that Norway holds as a mediator in various unstable regions throughout the world. Jens Stoltenberg expressed the importance of the role played by the UN in de-escalating the conflict in Iran.

During his visit to Vienna, Mr. Stoltenberg met with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohammad El Baradei in the IAEAs Vienna office. Afterwards, the Prime Minister had talks with the chair of the Austrian Social-Democratic party (SPO), Alfred Gusenbauer in the party’s headquarters.

(Published 08.05.06)

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