Norway to EU: “Ingen”

David Cameron and his little EUrohelpers at Open Europe were probably, like us, too busy looking forward to Christmas to have spotted this important piece of information published by EFTA regarding EU plans for harmonisation of environmental policy relating to oil and gas energy:

The European Commission has recently proposed legislation aiming at harmonising the environmental procedures and risk management related to offshore oil and gas activities. A proposal for a regulation on the safety of offshore oil and gas prospection, exploration and production activities was presented by the Commission on 27 October 2011. Under the rules of the proposed new legislation, offshore oil and gas firms would have to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans before getting a licence to drill in European Union territory. It is currently being discussed in the EU institutions whether the proposal for a regulation should be changed into a directive.

The Norwegian government has taken the view that the proposed regulation by the European Commission falls outside the geographic and substantive scope of the EEA agreement.

Oh dear, David Cameron and Open Europe caught out lying again. You would think the media would be all over this, unless of course they have vested interests or are getting pressure from their owner barons to exercise bias by omission and ignore this important story…

OK, ‘En svale gjør ingen sommer,’ as they say in Norway. But we are not talking about one swallow, this is yet another example – and there are many more – of Norway having a big say in what legislation is adopted. Conversely, when the EU declares this is the way things will be, the UK will have to accept it lock, stock and anti-democratic barrel.

So can we expect to see Cameron and Open Europe correct their false assertions? Or will their rampant Europhilia and fetish for pleasing their masters in Brussels see them continue peddling blatant lies about Norway and Switzerland supposedly having no say in EU matters yet having to accept everything handed down from the EU bureaucrats?

5 Responses to “Norway to EU: “Ingen””

  1. 1 Justin Stares 08/01/2013 at 2:23 pm

    Good spot on Norway and offshore safety…but…will the EU agree with Norway’s opinion on scope? If Brussels does not, what then? How many EU internal market laws has Norway actually vetoed? When I last asked the EFTA surveillance authority the answer was: one. Not much autonomy there…

  2. 2 Andy Baxter 08/01/2013 at 3:14 pm

    “So can we expect to see Cameron and Open Europe correct their false assertions?”

    Don’t hold your breath…’s up to blogs like this, EUref, TBF, WfW and the commentators on such to bring it to wider audience……..

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 08/01/2013 at 4:31 pm

    Justin, there is a post coming shortly about What it all Means. Hopefully that will explain the issue at hand.

  4. 4 cuffleyburgers 09/01/2013 at 5:52 pm

    excuse my ignorance, but what does ingen mean? “Fuck off”?

  5. 5 Autonomous Mind 09/01/2013 at 7:34 pm

    Ingen is Norwegian for ‘no’.

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