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Legal basis

  • Crisis or armed conflict time

Crisis or armed conflict time and Urgent reasons (i.e. operational reasons)

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) is responsible for 3 laws, and a range of regulations and procedures based on these laws, related to security of supply matters in times of crisis or war.

The laws are as follows: The Law on Requisition of ships etc. during wartime or crisis situations next to war (1952), The Supply Act (1956) and The law on War Risk Insurance Scheme for Goods and Products (2003).

The Law on Requisition of ships is related to the possible use of the Norwegian Merchant Fleet for transportation purposes. The Supply Act gives the government extensive powers to regulate the production and distribution of a wide range of products and services in wartime, warfare situation or other extraordinary crisis situations. The law on War Risk Insurance Scheme for Goods and Products is meant to ensure the continued freight of goods in case the normal commercial insurance arrangements cease to apply in a wartime or severe crisis situation.

The Supply Act covers as mentioned a wide range of products and services. However, based on risk and vulnerability analyses, our established regulations and procedures for security of supply focuses particularly on the areas of Naval Transport, Food Supply and Construction.

Although various laws regulate requisition of goods and property in times of crisis or armed conflict, the governing principle is that the security of supply in times of crisis should be ensured through the establishment of commercial contracts with suppliers when possible.

  • Urgent reasons (i.e. operational reasons)

Refer to text above.

  • Mergers-Acquisitions

There are no laws or regulations or procedures related with mergers and acquisitions or restructuring of national Defence industry.

  • Foreign investments

There are no laws or regulations or procedures related to foreign investment in the Defence Industry.

  • Export licenses

lisens@mfa.no

eksportkontroll.no

  • Codes/Regulations involving Defence Industry

  • Other?

Objectives of the national SoS policy

National bodies involved and areas of responsibilities

Within civil emergency planning/supply planning, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) is responsible for those business areas which are not specifically attached to any other ministry (oil production and distribution, communication, fisheries, agriculture and health/medical services). More information regarding their areas of responsibility can be found on their website: http:// /www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/nfd/id709/.

Military supply is the main responsibility of the Defence Logistics Organisation. More information available at: http://www.mil.no/flo/english/start/.

Another important area is energy, which is the domain of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/oed.html?id=750).

The role of SoS in Procurement procedures (requirements, evaluation etc.)

Norway ensures supply of goods in accordance with NATO standards.

For goods easily available on the commercial market, SoS terms and duties are included in regular contracts.

Contractual terms on SoS

Refer to the role of SoS in procurement procedures above.

National policy on sharing information on stocks/inventories

This is normally classified information.

There are provisions in place to ensure the access/use and build-up of government stocks.

Existing Bi/Multi-lateral SoS agreements

Norway is a Party to the Agreement between the Governments of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden Concerning Cooperation in the Defence Materiel Area. The Agreement, which was signed on 10 March 2015, is a revision of the Agreement between Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden concerning Support for Industry Cooperation in the Defence Materiel Area from 2001. The Agreement has been updated with an adaptation to the defence directives of the EU (Defence and Security Procurement Directive and the Transfer Directive).The Agreement makes it possible for the Parties to agree upon Annexes to the Agreement to regulate specific areas of cooperation.

Furthermore, a protocol has been signed between Sweden and Norway related to trade in crisis situations, covering civilian goods. The purpose is to make the supply chain more robust in crisis situations. (The protocol is for the moment however at a non-active status.)

Finland and Norway have also signed an agreement related to cooperation on supply matters in crisis situations. The purpose is to make the supply chain more robust in crisis situations.

Norway participates in the EDA Framework arrangement for Security of Supply. Norway has also subscribed to the Code of Conduct on Prioritization.

SoS Experts contact info

Are Thengs

Law and Regulation Unit,

The Norwegian Ministry of Defence

P.O Box Dep, NO- 0032 Oslo, Norway

Telephone: 0047 2309 6159

E-Mail: are.thengs@fd.dep.no

SoS PoCs/National representatives contact info

Are Thengs

Law and Regulation Unit,

The Norwegian Ministry of Defence

P.O Box Dep, NO- 0032 Oslo, Norway

Telephone: 0047 2309 6159

E-Mail: are.thengs@fd.dep.no

Link to related national websites

http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/nhd.html?id=709

http://www.mil.no/flo/english/start/

http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/oed.html?id=750

http://www.ub.uio.no/ujur/ulov/english.html

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