Government platform revealed: These are the priorities of the new Støre administration

Jonas Gahr Støre - Trygve Slagsvold VedumPhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB

On Wednesday, the new AP-SP government platform was presented to the Norwegian public.

Free school meals, a more restrictive predator policy, an increase in the CO2 tax, and no to saving Ullevål hospital. These items are some of the things the Labor Party and the Center Party agree on.

Norway’s EEA and NATO membership will not be questioned, it is stated in the government platform from the Labor Party (AP) and the Center Party (SP).

“The EEA agreement forms the basis for Norway’s relations with Europe. The room for maneuver in the agreement will be studied and used actively, and targeted efforts will be made to defend Norwegian interests vis-à-vis the EU,” it is stated, among other things.

Støre: The new government will make a difference outside Norway’s borders

The new government also aims to make a difference outside Norway, incoming Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) said on Wednesday.

According to Støre, the new government has the ambition to make a difference outside Norway.

“We must promote Norwegian interests. The EEA agreement forms the basis for our relationship with Europe, NATO membership, international law, and cooperation with the UN,” Støre said.

“We will take our share of responsibility, especially in the field of climate, development, global health – there we have great ambitions.” 

55% emission cut by 2030

The AP and the SP state that the new government will cut Norwegian emissions by 55% by 2030, compared with 1990.

The climate target is in line with the AP’s party program and will be launched as a sub-target on the road to net-zero emissions in 2050. 

The emissions target applies to the entire economy, including the sectors subject to quotas, it is emphasized.

The government will also “make Norway a driving force for a more ambitious international climate policy, with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels”, the government platform states.

The total tax and duty level on income unchanged

The Labor Party and the Center Party want to keep the overall tax and duty level on income unchanged and reduce the electricity tax and fuel tax.

The government platform also contains a promise to keep the corporate tax at 22%. The new government writes that they want to make the wealth tax fairer by increasing the tax for people with large fortunes.

The income tax for those with incomes below NOK 750,000 will be reduced, while those with income above that level will have to pay more taxes.

VAT on electric cars worth over 600,000 kroner

In the government platform, the AP and the SP write that they plan to introduce VAT on purchases of new electric cars that cost more than NOK 600,000.

This is done to ensure a fair climate policy, the new government noted in the statement.

Today, there is no VAT on new electric cars, regardless of price. The various tax exemptions on electric cars have been a political issue in recent years.

Holiday pay for the unemployed

The Ap and the SP also want to reintroduce holiday pay supplements for the unemployed and the laid off. 

This supplement was removed in 2015. People who have been unemployed for more than 12 months are an exception.

State takeover of the air ambulance service 

According to the incoming government, emergency preparedness in ambulances and air ambulances must be ensured, especially where there are long distances to hospitals.

The government will prepare a state takeover of the air ambulance and study models for cooperation with non-profit organizations to abolish tenders in the service, the Hurdal Declaration states.

Daily school meals 

The AP and the SP agree that they want to gradually introduce a daily healthy and simple school meal.

In addition, the two government partners want to introduce daily physical activity in the school, with freedom for the schools to organize this themselves, it is stated in the Hurdal platform. 

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