No means NO: Norway REFUSES to bow to EU’s bid for control over North Sea oil industry

It was created after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 as the 28-strong bloc feared for accidents in its own waters. 

Until the directive was created, all member states had separate health and safety regulations. 

Norway has continued to dismiss the Brussels’ attempts to gain control of the country’s oil industry, which supplied more than 30 per cent of EU gas imports and more than 10 per cent of crude oil imports in 2014, as the Government insists its outside of the bloc’s jurisdiction. 

Negotiations between the EEA country and Brussels hardened after European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic, visited Norway in February this year. 

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