Prime Minister Erna Solberg ( Conservative Party) saaid there is no doubt that the discussion on climate change has been the most difficult issue in the negotiations on the state budget for 2017,and that the budget agreement the parties have now agreed on, is a budget for Norway’s future.
Siv Jensen of the Progress Party (FRP) said, ‘We in FRP have gone to great lengths. The State budget shows that FRP have taken the The Liberal Party and Christian Democratic Party seriously.’
The parties agreed on next year’s budget, and the governing parties have put their final offer on the table to The Liberal Party and Christian Democratic Party.
According to several media outlets, the package was 6.3 billion, including 2.5 billion toward climate and environmental measures.
‘Almost half have agreed to accommodate the cooperative parties’, said FRPs leader, Siv Jensen.
The Liberal Party (Venstre) said it was a budget agreement with significant emission cuts. The budget agreement included a large climate package that will help to cut emissions, and Norway has gone a bit of the way towards achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement, believe the Venstre party.
‘These have been extremely difficult negotiations’, said party leader, Trine Skei Grande, in a statement from the party’s communications director on Saturday night.
She said the budget included a ‘large green package’, and she believes she won Venstre’s approval in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and taking Norway some way towards the Paris Agreement.
Hareide: – The agreement didn’t come a second too soon
‘The Liberal Party and the Christian Democratic Party (Krf) have gained much influence in compiling the state budget, especially when considering the climate’, said Christian Democratic Party leader, Knut Arild Hareide.
By Saturday afternoon, the parties were agreed on next year’s budget.
Hareide spoke at ASKO Norway, in Oslo, on Saturday evening: ‘I think any neutral observer will see that the state budget has become much more aggressive on the climate issue.
By adopting this approach, the rewarding of fossil fuelled cars has been reduced significantly’, he said,adding that greenhouse gas emissions are now being cut.
In addition, to include investment in public transport and to increase rail travel.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today