Order the autumn edition here

Scares about reservation rights

The EEA Agreement gives Norway the right to reserve itself against EU laws that the EU wants to enter into the EEA. No government has taken that right. But Jonas Gahr Støre, our new foreign minister, has stated that the right of reservation is real.

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

Gahr Støre is safe political reason: The government platform of the red-green government states that the reservation right in the EEA agreement can be used «If particularly important Norwegian interests are threatened» of new EEA rules.

The current debate on the right of reservation is triggered by the Services Directive that the majority of the European trade union movement is now mobilizing against and by the chemicals directive REACH, which the chemical industry is working to weaken so much that it does not provide satisfactory protection against hazardous pollutants (Ny Tid 38 and 39).

Warnings on failing grounds

In "Politisk kvarter" on P2, Jan Tore Sanner (H) was out last Monday with two warnings against using the right of reservation against this chemicals directive. A Norwegian reservation would, firstly, affect Norwegian industry – and secondly, the EU could, as a countermeasure, increase tariffs on Norwegian fish.

Both are exceptionally misleading. But scares of this kind are used by EU supporters every time the question of the right of reservation in the EEA agreement is raised in the political debate. There is little factual basis for such scares.

Poses Norwegian and foreign producers equally

If it were to become important for Norway to reserve itself against the Chemicals Directive, it would be because it does not set strict enough requirements for the production and use of chemicals that can be dangerous to health and the environment – or for products that contain such environmental toxins.

There is currently a fierce battle between the European chemical industry on the one hand and environmental organizations and health authorities. . .

Dear reader.
To continue reading, create a new free reader account with your email,
or logg inn if you have done it before. (click on forgotten password if you have not received it by email already).
Select if necessary Subscription (69kr)

Give an answer

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn about how your comment data is processed.

ASIA: "We are the ones who are far away, while they are in the center"

TECHNOLOGY: According to Kevin Kelly, technology writer, photographer and publicist, the best thing you can do sometimes is slow down technology.

Two girls with clasped hands stare expressionlessly at the ground

AFGHANISTAN: Sangin – during twenty years of war, this area has been the bloodiest battlefield. It is reminiscent of Roman ruins. In 2001, one in three Afghans was starving – now one in two is starving.

Dialogue between sculpture and photography

DISPLAY: Peter Lindbergh's photographs of Alberto Giacometti's small, secret sculptures – put together in an exhibition: Showing intimacy is a challenge. You come as a visitor, an intruder…

The danger of modified nature

ECOLOGY:With technological measures in all directions, researchers are faced with sky-high challenges. One of them is human ignorance linked to indifference.

To modernize an entire continent

PROFESSIONAL LITERATURE: The tendency of Latin American writers to focus on a better future is part of the region's renewed self-awareness – and modernization with free abortion and new constitutions.

The effort in ORIENTERING contributed to a turning point in the Norwegian labor movement

Sigurd Evensmo <7b> Journalist in the Arbeiderpressen from 1930 to 1949 in recent years as cultural editor of Arbeiderbladet.

A gigantic loss project

THE DISCLOSURES: For 20 years, US authorities lied about the war in Afghanistan.

Hitler's favorite director Leni Riefenstahl

FALSE OF HISTORY? Nina Gladitz challenges the notion that Leni Riefenstahl was an ingenious artist with poor political views. Her documentary about the filmmaker has been hidden in the German WDR archive since 1982. The reactions to Gladitz's book also show how difficult it is to seek truth and give the weakest in society a voice.

Challenging climate sobriety

ECOLOGY: We need such voices as Holly Jean Buck, who criticizes wishful thinking – precisely to help bring forward a hopeful, serious and long-lasting climate fight, beyond all easy optimism.

The comprehensive self-insulation

COVID19: SARS in 2003, bird flu in 2005, MERS in 2012, Ebola in 2014, combined with the financial crisis, massive refugee flows, and revolutions in the Middle East and Greta Thunberg's shrill doomsday voice, had largely immunized the population against something as abstract as Covid19.

We call it precariat

WORK: Precarious working life is perhaps alluring with its freedom and flexibility. But with the precarious also comes the uncontrollable, the unpredictability and the lack of rights. Precarious work has become widespread in a subject such as journalism. Nevertheless, I am still tempted by the flexible tasks, by the sense of variability, freedom almost.

An ever-creeping feeling of loneliness

INSULATION: Acute loneliness affects both winners and losers. Daniel Schreiber visits a wealth of hermit literature – such as Thoreau's Walden and Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. But what does social withdrawal mean today – whether it is the occupational or pandemic condition?
- Advertisement -spot_img

You may also likeRelated
Recommended