Erna Solberg shuffles her Cabinet
Prime Minister Erna Solberg has made a number of changes to her Cabinet today.
The press release and full list of the new Cabinet as published on the Norwegian government’s website is as follows:
“Changes in the Government
Press release | Published: 2015-12-16
In a session of the Council of State today, the King has made changes in the government.
Ms. Elisabeth Aspaker, Minister, has been charged with the responsibility for EEA and EU Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Vidar Helgesen, Minister, has become Minister of Climate and Environment. Ms. Sylvi Listhaug, Minister, has been charged with the responsibility for Immigration Affairs in the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, and Social Inclusion Affairs in the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion.
Mr. Per Sandberg, Member of Parliament, has been appointed Minister of Fisheries. Ms. Anniken Hauglie has been appointed Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. Ms. Linda Cathrine Hofstad Helleland, Member of Parliament, has been appointed Minister of Culture. Mr. Jon Georg Dale, State Secretary, has been appointed Minister of Agriculture and Food.
At the same time, Ministers Thorhild Widvey, Tine Sundtoft and Robert Eriksson have been honourably discharged from their offices.
The responsibility as chief of staff at the Office of the Prime Minister will no longer be held by a minister. State Secretary Julie Brodtkorb has taken over this responsibility. Elisabeth Aspaker has also been appointed Norwegian member of the Nordic Council of Ministers, responsible for the coordination of Nordic cooperation affairs.
The changes are active as of 13.00 today, 16 December 2015. It is intended that during the first quarter of 2016, the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion will have its name changed to the Ministry of Children and Equality.
The Government represents the Conservative Party (C) and the Progress Party (PrP).
The full list of the new Cabinet is as follows:
Ms. Erna Solberg; Prime Minister
Ms. Siv Jensen; Minister of Finance
Jan Tore Sanner; Minister of Local Government and Modernisation
Ketil Solvik-Olsen; Minister of Transport and Communication
Børge Brende; Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ms. Elisabeth Aspaker; Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, also minister of Nordic cooperation affairs
Ms. Monica Mæland; Minister of Trade and Industry
Vidar Helgesen; Minister of Climate and Environment
Ms. Solveig Horne; Minister of Children and Equality
Bent Høie; Minister of Health and Care Services
Anders Anundsen; Minister of Justice and Public Security
Tord Lien; Minister of Petroleum and Energy
Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide; Minister of Defence
Ms. Sylvi Listhaug; Minister of Immigration and Integration
Torbjørn Røe Isaksen; Minister of Education and Research
Per Sandberg; Minister of Fisheries
Ms. Anniken Hauglie; Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
Ms. Linda Cathrine Hofstad Helleland; Minister of Culture
Jon Georg Dale; Minister of Agriculture and Food”