Audun Lysbakken (SV) says that several Storting representatives have been frustrated with the Storting’s administration, but will not say now whether it should have consequences.
FRP leader Sylvi Listhaug notified Saturday that politicians must now follow the administration in the Storting, led by Storting director Marianne Andreassen.
SV leader Audun Lysbakken says that he is happy that there will be one external review of the regulations and tax issues.
– It is obvious from what has come from many representatives that there have been no clear clarifications from the administration on what kind of regulations and legislation they should comply with, says Lysbakken.
He says he will wait for the review before concluding, but adds at the same time:
– The frustration over what kind of messages the representatives have received is well known and part of the picture we have to relate to, he says.
FRP leader Sylvi Listhaug reacts to the fact that Storting director Marianne Andreassen did not want to go into the then Storting president Eva Kristin Hansen’s case, according to Adresseavisen.
Audun Lysbakken tells VG that the director of the Storting did not have the opportunity to go through individual cases, because she did not have the authority to do so.
In retrospect, it has become known that the police are starting an investigation.
– Who should the mess have consequences for?
– I do not intend to push myself on it now. The first thing we must do is make sure that we have good processes to clean up everything, that we get a new president elected and then we get to discuss this in peace and quiet, he says.
Will answer Listhaug
Director of the Storting Marianne Andreassen says that it is natural that Sylvi Listhaug now asks questions to the administration.
– Of course I have to answer, Andreassen writes in an e-mail to VG.
The director says that she hopes that the Office of the Auditor General’s review of the commuter housing scheme in the Storting will also include the administration’s role.
She says that it is important for her to listen to the representatives’ experience of the situation.
– When it comes to the administration’s allocations of commuter housing, we have had a consistent practice of the regulations, but I see that the information we have given the representatives could have been better, she writes.
Andreassen says that it will be wrong for her to comment now on the tax conditions in the case, before the report from the external tax audit is ready.
– I understand that it is frustrating for the representatives with the ambiguity that exists about certain issues around this, but it is important that this is now handled correctly and based on the tax law review that will soon be ready, Andreassen writes.
She admits that there is a need for better information and guidance from the administration to the representatives.
– They should feel confident about what applies, and there we must take into account that we have a potential for improvement, she writes.
Does not issue an ultimatum
SV is now negotiating the state budget with the Social Democrats and the Labor Party in the Storting.
Lysbakken says after the speech to SV’s national board that they can not accept a budget that is worse on short-term climate cuts than Erna Solberg.
The Støre government’s budget cuts less CO emissions next year than the Solberg government’s proposed budget.
– Is that an ultimatum?
– I have said all the time that we do not carry out threats and ultimatums as long as we have a good tone in the negotiations. We believe it is entirely possible and very important to put in place a budget that cuts more. But I will settle for that now, then we will see how this turns out, he says.
The SV leader will not go into the status of the budget negotiations in the Storting with the Center Party and the Labor Party – or whether he himself must step in at some point.
– There are some deadlines in the Storting, but we must use the time we need to agree.
– Where are you now and when do we get the budget?
– This is where we are in the phase of boring answers, which I also think is boring. But I have nothing to say but that we take it day by day. It has not been a very long time for budget negotiations to take place. It is important to remember.