Government parties disagree and budget negotiations continue

Stortinget/ParliamentThe government parties in the original coalition government were in meetings all Thursday, but could still not agree on next year's national budget. 

The two government parties, The Conservative Party and the Progress Party, and the Liberal Left Party and the Christian Democrats gathered for another budget meeting at 9 p.m. Thursday evening.

The Liberal Left Party and The Christian Democrats were originally part of the coalition, but decided to not join the Conservative Party and Progress Party to form government. They do, however, have a say in the budget negotiations according to their agreement.

"I hope that we are getting closer to agreement. We are prepared to use the time that is needed," said Liberal Left party leader Trine Skei Grande on her way into Thursday's meeting. She did not want to reveal which budget posts that there is still disagreement about.

"This is about creating a complete picture that all four of us can feel confident about," Grande told reporters.

According to NRK, the Norwegian railway will be one of the big winners in next year's budget. It also looks like the tax cuts proposed by the Progress Party and the Conservative Party may not end up being as comprehensive as initially suggested.

The Financial Committee is scheduled to submit their recommendation on November 20. The negotiations should therefore be ready soon in order to meet the deadline.

(NRK)

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