Norway announces new green energy alliance with the EU

Norway and the EU will work more closely together on offshore wind, hydrogen and other green energy sources, PM Jonas Gahr Støre and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced Friday.

Pictued is Ursula von der Leyen.
Norway has announced a green energy alliance with the EU. Pictured is a file photo of Ursula von der Leyen. (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP)

Von der Leyen was visiting the Troll A platform off of Norway’s west coast with Norwegian PM Jonas Gahr Støre and former Norwegian PM and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The visit to the platform on Norway’s biggest gas field comes after the Nordic country became the EU’s largest gas supplier following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year.

“Norway has been a very important partner and friend in the last 12 months during Russia’s terrible war in Ukraine,” Von Der Leyen said.

“Putin stopped 80 percent of the gas to the EU, but Norway stepped in and increased its production. It helped us at a critical time,” she added.

In addition, to announcing that Norway would continue to work closely with the EU to meet its energy needs, Støre and Von Der Leyen announced that the bloc and the Scandinavian country would cooperate on green energy and carbon capture storage.

The EU is already in a green alliance with Japan, with Norway becoming the first European country to enter into such an alliance with the EU. Von Der Leyen described the parties involved in the EU’s green alliances as the “Champions League”.

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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.