The Norwegian Business School’s (BI) Harald Espeli thinks all important information such as lobbyists' spending should in principle be published and regularly updated. This also applies at home, he argues
The Norwegian energy giant’s annual spending influencing American and European politics comes to several million kroner. Only few countries in which Statoil operates require transparency regarding lobbying.
“Statoil should have increasingly chosen Norwegian suppliers. Companies shoot themselves in the foot when assignments are exported abroad,” leader of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) Gerd Kristiansen says.
Personnel feel hoodwinked over the terms applying to monitoring platform construction in Korea. They were initially promised over 9,000 kroner per month extra pay by mistake. Now the union believes getting people to travel out there will become more challenging.
Norway’s oil industry has warned against building platforms in Asia. Norwegian jobs layoffs are now occurring. Over 100 IKM employees are laid off, 70 at are laid off at Bilfinger. IKM managing director Ståle Kyllingstad regrets that he was right.