Norwegian PM open to EU gas agreement and price caps

Norwegian PM Jonas Gahr Støre said Wednesday that the country is open to discussing price caps and gas agreements with Europe.

Pictured is a file photo of Jonas Gahr Støre
Jonas Gahr Støre has said that the governemnt is potential cap on gas prices. Pictured: A file photo of Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre speaking to members of the media outside 10 Downing Street in central London. Photo by Daniel Leal/ AFP.

Norway would be open to the possibility of a long-term gas agreement and price cap with European partners to help ease the energy crisis, the Financial Times reports.

“I fully understand that Europe now has a profound debate about how energy markets work, how they can secure more affordable prices for citizens, families, industries, and how this shortfall of gas after Putin’s aggression can be handled,” Prime Minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Støre, told the newspaper on Wednesday.

“Norway is not closing doors to any such discussion,” he added.

However, Støre did say that the EU should be wary of implementing measures which could threaten the security of power supplies, according to the report in the Financial Times.

The country has worked to maximise gas production in light of the invasion of Ukraine earrlier this year. So far, the country has increased gas supplies to Europe by around 10 percent.

Norway was working to be recognised as a “predictable and long-term” partner, FT’s report said. Norway is currently Europe’s second-largest supplier of energy to Europe.

European Union energy ministers are due to meet on Friday to discuss the implementation of caps on Russian natural gas prices, according to a report by Reuters.

Price caps on gas are seen as a potential measure the EU could implement to try and curb soaring energy prices.
Støre told Norwegian newswire NTB on Wednesday that the country wouldn’t close the door to any proposals suggested by the EU.

“This work is now ongoing, and the concrete content of the proposals is not yet known. That is why I have said that at the present time, we cannot close the door to any of the solutions the EU is discussing until we see the whole and the concrete content of the proposals,” he said.

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Norway’s parliament agrees on health measures aimed at children 

A majority in Norway’s parliament has agreed on prohibiting the marketing of unhealthy food to young people under 18 and a ban on the sale of energy drinks to those younger than 16. 

Norway’s parliament agrees on health measures aimed at children 

On Tuesday, Norway’s parliament (the Storting) agreed on two measures aimed at the health of young people following recommendations from the Health and Social Committee. 

The majority who voted for the proposal are MPs from the Labour Party, Centre Party, Socialist Left Party and the Red Party. The current age limit for the advertisement of unhealthy food is 13, health news outlet Dagens Medisin writes. 

Cecilie Myrseth has said that she was happy several parties were able to work together to secure a majority for the proposal.

“The amount of advertising children and young people are exposed to affects eating habits and health – and more and more children are affected by obesity. Then we have to take action where we can to protect and prevent,” she told Norwegian newswire NTB. 

Norway’s parliament has also agreed to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under the age of 16. 

Bård Hoksrud, the health policy spokesman for the Progress Party, told broadcaster TV 2 that children under 16 will get their hands on energy drinks regardless of the ban. Instead, he said more effort should go towards providing children and young people with better information. 

A majority was also in favour of giving sleep a more significant place in public health work and increased sanctioning of beauty clinics and influencers for illegal marketing of cosmetic procedures.