Committee sends 20 new questions to the government about the employment of Stoltenberg as governor of Norges Bank

Jens StoltenbergPhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB
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The Norwegian parliament’s (Storting) Control Committee is sending a list of new questions to the government to clarify details about the appointment of Jens Stoltenberg.

“The questions will mainly be about the hiring process, timeline, and different related conditions,” Committee leader Peter Frølich (H) told the press after the meeting on Friday afternoon.

Of the 20 questions in the letter, one is directed at Minister of Labor Hadia Tajik (AP), while the rest are addressed to Minister of Finance Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (SP).

The work on the letter was time-consuming because the committee wanted to be extra careful with the wording of the questions.

Key questions

The central questions for the investigation are when and how Stoltenberg’s name came up. He was one of three people who were encouraged to apply and ended up being appointed on February 4.

On Wednesday, it became known that Stoltenberg’s name had “appeared” in a conversation between Oil Fund chief Nikolai Tangen and the recruitment agency BackerSkeie on October 25, three weeks before the job advertisement was announced.

The formatting and design of the text in the job advertisement are now under scrutiny. Several things were different in the text compared to the last time the position was advertised, in 2016, which has led to speculation as to whether the ad was adapted to Stoltenberg’s profile.

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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