Reshuffle: Who is Norway’s new Fisheries Minister?

Editorial Staff

Cabinet reshuffle sees Myrseth and Næss Appointed to New Ministerial Roles.

There have been significant changes in Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s cabinet, following a major reshuffle, according to Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Cecilie Myrseth, who had previously served as Fisheries Minister, will now assume the role of Minister of Industry. Meanwhile, Marianne Sivertsen Næss, who is the current Chair of the Storting’s energy and environment committee, has been appointed as the new Fisheries Minister.

These appointments are part of a broader cabinet reshuffle that includes the reassignment of Jan Christian Vestre, the former Minister of Industry and Labor, to the position of Minister of Health and Care. Prime Minister Støre has finalized these changes, which are expected to take effect immediately.

These shifts reflect the Prime Minister’s strategic adjustments to his team, aiming to bolster the government’s expertise and focus on key areas such as industry and fisheries.

Who is Norway’s new Minister for Fisheries?

Marianne Sivertsen Næss, born on March 28, 1974, is a Norwegian politician affiliated with the Labour Party and a current member of the Norwegian parliament representing Finnmark since 2021.

Her political journey includes serving as the mayor of Hammerfest from 2019 to 2021 after being the deputy mayor from 2011 to 2019. Before her mayoral tenure, she was a member of the Hammerfest City Council starting in 2007. She resigned from her mayoral duties in 2021 to assume her parliamentary role, where she is involved with the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment, becoming its chair in 2022.

Professionally, Næss has a background in education, holding a master’s degree in special pedagogy and adapted education, and has worked in various capacities including as a section leader at the Finnmark Hospital Trust and principal at Hammerfest upper secondary school. She has been on leave from her role as principal since 2016 to dedicate herself to her political career.


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