Negotiations on the state budget are raised to party leader level...

AGREED: The Conservative Party’s fiscal policy spokesperson Mudassar Kapur (left) was the one who first announced that the parties now agree that the negotiations should be raised to party leader level. Photo: HELGE MIKALSEN

Sylvi Listhaug says that the negotiating parties have come a long way, but is aware that “many things remain” before the FRP is satisfied with next year’s state budget.

On Saturday afternoon, the government parties Høyre, Venstre and KrF continued negotiations with Frp on next year’s state budget.

Ten minutes after the meeting started, the parties came out of the meeting room in the Storting.

The four parties had then come to the conclusion that the negotiations should be raised to party leader level.

– We are in overtime when it comes to putting the budget in place, so we believe that it is right that the negotiations continue at the party leader level so that we reach our goal, said Conservative fiscal policy spokesman Mudassar Kapur on his way out of the meeting room.

He would not say anything about the issues in the negotiations that remain until the governing parties agree.

Kapur nevertheless describes the negotiations as constructive:

– We have put in place a huge crisis package and we have worked every day with the rest of the budget, but now we agree that the negotiations must continue at party leader level.

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Sylvi Listhaug says that the disagreements relate to issues such as tolls, pensioners’ purchasing power and tax on goods exposed to cross-border trade. Photo: HELGE MIKALSEN

Not “laid enough on the table”

Deputy leader of Frp Sylvi Listhaug also says that the negotiating parties have come a long way, but is clear that they have not reached the finish line because it has not been “put enough on the table”.

The spokesperson for Frp says that there are many things left in the budget before Frp is satisfied.

– We must have more for pensioners and we must ensure that taxes go down on goods traded across borders so that people keep their jobs. In addition, we want more paving, road maintenance and road construction that ensures employment for us. And that we do something about the level of aid.

– These are difficult but important questions. The most important thing is to agree, reach the goal and secure employment next year, she points out.

Listhaug says that she is concerned with meeting the demands that the national meeting of Frp has clearly stated. At the national meeting, the party adopted a resolution stating that the FRP shall “make demands in the budget negotiations”.

The resolution states that the party will, among other things:

  • Reduce taxes on cross-border goods.
  • Ensure financial improvement for pensioners.
  • Set requirements for reduced toll load.
  • Set the number of quota refugees to Norway to a minimum in the budget for 2021.
  • Reduce the development assistance budget and instead provide assistance to the neighboring areas where war and conflict occur.

Not decided when the party leaders will meet

Ola Elvestuen in the Liberal Party also thinks that the negotiations have been good.

– We are pleased that we got the crisis package in place after a week. There are many things we are moving forward on, but exactly where we are now, we believe that it is right to continue the negotiations with the party leaders, Ola Elvestuen tells VG.

Elvestuen will not say anything about which issues there is disagreement about. He says that it has also not been decided when the party leaders will meet and start negotiations.

– Exactly when the party leaders meet, they must of course decide for themselves. But we will continue to support the work to be done there, says Elvestuen.

In overtime

Negotiations have been ongoing since November 9 and are well into overtime.

The government parties had a deadline of 10 o’clock on Saturday to enter their comments and figures in the financial setting, a deadline that was thus broken.

The parties finally have a deadline to submit the financial recommendation on Friday 27 November, while the financial debate in the Storting will be held on 3 December.

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The governing parties and the FRP agree – this is the new crisis package

Crisis package in place

After negotiating since last week, the government parties and the FRP agreed on Monday night on the new crisis package.

The package that was presented on Tuesday last week was 17.7 billion in various measures. The new package has been expanded by NOK 4.4 billion.

– When the state imposes strict infection control measures, it is also important that the state stands up for those who are hard hit by it, says FRP deputy leader Sylvi Listhaug during the presentation of the crisis package.

The support scheme for companies that lose income is greatly improved, the low VAT will be halved until 1 July and the exemption from the air passenger tax will be continued throughout 2021.

The scheme with deferred tax for companies that are struggling will also be extended. At the same time, the parties have agreed to set aside a total of NOK 400 million to combat loneliness among the elderly.

Published: 21.11.20 kl. 17:39

Updated: 21.11.20 kl. 19:05

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