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Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum will present proposals for a revised national budget on Tuesday. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Of NTB | 13.05.2024 06:19:30

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap) has long ago announced that strengthening the Armed Forces is at the very top of his priority list. Increased investment means that Norway will reach NATO’s two percent target during the year.

The government has openly come out with several investments during the last few weeks, and the leaks have ranged from small to large.

Støre himself presented the news that the Armed Forces will be strengthened with NOK 7 billion.

– We will increase the operational capability of the Armed Forces. NOK 2 billion will go to train, practice and fly more, and to deal with the extraordinary increase in costs, he said at a press conference together with Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (Sp) and Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram (Sp) at the beginning of May.

In addition, the government will spend more money on support for both Ukraine, by speeding up the Nansen programme, and for increased aid to Gaza.

Development Minister Anne Beathe Tvinnereim (Sp) points out that the war started after the government presented the state budget last autumn, and that they now believe it is important to increase support. The plan is for unused aid funds to be reallocated to Gaza, she says.

Other major initiatives that have been announced concern the police’s fight against gang crime and the customs service’s work to stop the smuggling of drugs into the country.

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