Odd Roger Enoksen

Odd Roger Enoksen (born 25 September 1954 in Å, Andøy) is a Norwegian politician representing the Norwegian Centre Party.[1] He has served as minister of defence since 2021. He was also leader of the Centre Party from 1999 to 2003. Further, he served as minister of local government and deputy to the prime minister from 1999 to 2000, and minister of petroleum and energy from 2005 to 2007.

Odd Roger Enoksen
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Minister of Defence
Assumed office
14 October 2021
Prime MinisterJonas Gahr Støre
Preceded byFrank Bakke-Jensen
Minister of Petroleum and Energy
In office
17 October 2005 – 21 September 2007
Prime MinisterJens Stoltenberg
Preceded byThorhild Widvey
Succeeded byÅslaug Haga
Deputy to the Prime Minister of Norway
In office
8 October 1999 – 17 March 2000
Prime MinisterKjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded byAnne Enger
Succeeded byPost abolished
Minister of Local Government
In office
16 March 1999 – 17 March 2000
Prime MinisterKjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded byRagnhild Q. Haarstad
Succeeded bySylvia Brustad
Leader of the Centre Party
In office
13 March 1999 – 15 March 2003
Preceded byAnne Enger
Succeeded byÅslaug Haga
Personal details
Born (1954-09-25) 25 September 1954 (age 67)
Å, Andøy, Nordland, Norway
Political partyCentre

BiographyEdit

EducationEdit

Having an agronomist education,[1] Enoksen previously worked as a farmer, as well as running a business for peat products.[2]

ParliamentEdit

He was first elected as deputy representative to the Storting in 1989, after a career in local politics. He was elected ordinary representative to the Storting from 1993 until 2005.[2]

Minister of Local GovernmentEdit

Following a cabinet reshuffle on 16 March 1999, Enoksen was appointed Minister of Local Government and Regional Development in Kjell Magne Bondevik's first cabinet.[2] On 8 October, he was also appointed deputy to the prime minister. He held both positions until 17 March 2000, when the government resigned following issues of gas power stations.

Party leaderEdit

Enoksen became deputy leader of his party in 1997, and following the retirement of Anne Enger Lahnstein in 1999, he became party leader. Åslaug Haga replaced him in 2003.[3]

Minister of Petroleum and EnergyEdit

When the Red-Green Coalition in 2005 formed the first majority government in Norway since 1985, Enoksen became the Minister of Petroleum and Energy. He held the position until 2007 when he left Jens Stoltenberg's Cabinet and was replaced by Åslaug Haga. He said he wanted to focus on his family as a main reason for his departure.[4][5]

Minister of DefenceEdit

 
Enoksen signs an agreement increasing cooperation between US and Norwegian Special Operations Forces with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Washington in 2021

On 14 October 2021, Enoksen was appointed minister of defence in Støre's Cabinet.[6]

Upon assuming office, Enoksen was faced with the issue of his native hometown, Andøya's Air Station being closed down and fighter jets moved to Evenes Air Station. However, further issues at the latter air station were also revealed, notably de-icing pollution and a higher price cost for the move long term.[7]

Enoksen defended Støre’s prospect of sending observers to the summit on a nuclear ban in Vienna in early 2022, saying that Norway would “listen to what goes on within the treaty work”, and specified it was in no way a breach of NATO’s view. He also acknowledged that Norway’s action could be faced with criticism within NATO.[8]

After NATO expelled several Russian diplomats alleged to be spies, Enoksen expressed hope to mend relations with Russia. He further stressed the importance of Norway having a regional role in the north, but also manding the relations with Russia and having dialog. Enoksen also emphasised that the United States would continue to be a close ally and said "there should be no doubt" about it.[9]

Enoksen attended a NATO Ministers of Defence summit between 21 and 22 October in Brussels. Following the meeting, he confirmed that other member states expressed concern that other countries might follow Norway’s lead. He also said that some members expressed support for Norway’s lead. Despite Enoksen reassuring that Norway’s plan to send observers wouldn’t breach NATO’s view on a nuclear ban, the Conservative Party’s Ine Eriksen Søreide, reiterated the contrary that it would in fact do exactly that.[10]

Ahead of the revised state budget, Enoksen announced that 50 million NOK would be spent on bettering living conditions in living quarters within the Army. He did however note that it was up to the Chief of Defence to decide what the money would be spent on.[11]

On 16 November, Enoksen met U. S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at The Pentagon, where they discussed the security situation in the North. They also signed a road map for further development cooperation between their armed forces. Enoksen expressed to the press that they were to be expecting that Russia would continue to test and develop weapon systems up North.[12]

In early December, after making a statement where he called the immigration situation at the Polish-Belarusian border for “not acceptable use of resources”, Enoksen was criticised by the Conservative Party’s defence policy spokesperson Hårek Elvenes. He questioned Enoksen if the government took a different stance then the European Union, United States and an allied country. Enoksen emphasised: “Norway is, of course, behind our allies. But we as a nation must also have our own opinion on the ways in which our allies react, and whether this is within what we think is acceptable or not”. He also stressed that his statement was related to one specific event.[13]

OtherEdit

Since 2005 Enoksen has been the Managing Director of Andøya Rocket Range.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Odd Roger Enoksen". 26 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Odd Roger Enoksen" (in Norwegian). Storting. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Tidligere olje- og energiminister Odd Roger Enoksen". 17 October 2005.
  4. ^ "- Nå skal jeg prioritere familien". 21 September 2007.
  5. ^ "Næringsliv - siste nytt og oppdaterte økonominyheter. Ingen norsk avis dekker børsnyheter og finansbransjen tettere og bredere enn Finansavisen".
  6. ^ "Norge har fått ny regjering" (in Norwegian). NRK. 14 October 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Dette problemet vet ikke Forsvarsministeren hvordan han skal løse" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. 19 October 2021. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Nato-sjefen refser atom-traktat - Norge bøyer ikke av" (in Norwegian). VG. 21 October 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  9. ^ "Enoksen vil bedre forholdet til Russland" (in Norwegian). TV 2. 21 October 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Atomvåpen-kritikken fra Nato: Frykter at flere skal følge Norge" (in Norwegian). VG. 22 October 2021. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Forsvaret får 50 millioner kroner ekstra til å bedre boforhold" (in Norwegian). ABC Nyheter. 6 November 2021. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  12. ^ "Norge og USA enige om å videreutvikle samarbeidet mellom spesialstyrkene" (in Norwegian). ABC Nyheter. 17 November 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Høyre raser mot forsvarsministerens Polen-uttalelser" (in Norwegian). ABC Nyheter. 1 December 2021. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
Party political offices
Preceded by Chairman of the Norwegian Centre Party
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Local Government and Regional Development
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Preceded by Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
2005–2007
Succeeded by