Nothing to report until next year

The government hopes to publish its new white paper for Svalbard next spring, but it might be even later. That's also when Store Norske needs to determine whether it will continue new mining operations.

Minister of Justice, Anders Anundsen (right) will not present the new white paper of Svalbard before next spring. The picture is taken on board the Governor's helicopter on the way to Ny-Ålesund.
Minister of Justice, Anders Anundsen (right) will not present the new white paper of Svalbard before next spring. The picture is taken on board the Governor's helicopter on the way to Ny-Ålesund.
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The report is the fifth comprehensive white paper for Svalbard. The objective is to define and update the course of development in the archipelago, and ensure stable policy goals for Svalbard policy and a robust Norwegian presence.

It now appears the report will be finished sometime next spring.

"We hope to have it dealt with in Parliament by summer of 2016, said Anders Bortne, a communications advisor for Norway's Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

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