This is what we will do at Arendalsuka in 2022

New rules for wind power on land, Russia sanctions, and the consequences of the Transparency Act are items on the agenda when Wikborg Rein invites to three events at the country’s largest meeting point for politics and business life.

We are pleased to offer three comprehensive and varied events during Arendalsuka 2022, taking place in Arendal, a city in southern Norway in mid-August.

A part of "The Renewable Boat"

The series of events starts on Wednesday, 17 August when Tormod Ludvik Nilsen and Caroline Landsverk invite industry players to discuss the new rules for wind power on land.

In April this year, the government asked the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) to resume the treatment of new wind power projects in municipalities that would like this. But there are still a lot of challenges. What are the real consequences of the proposed new rules?

The discussion takes place at "Legacy of the Fjords", which was launched in 2020, and which in week 33 will be centrally located in Pollen in Arendal city centre.

The cruise ship is made of carbon fibre and is one of the world’s first emission-free and electrical cruise ships. During Arendalsuka, the catamaran carries the name "Fornybarbåten" (the Renewable Boat) and will be the arena for 40 different events from Tuesday morning to Thursday evening.

A new Transparency Act

On Thursday 18 August, we take the short trip to Torget 3 and Hald & co’s roof terrace, which during Arendalsuka is renamed "Advokatlåven" (the lawyers' barn) where we in cooperation with the Norwegian Bar Association are inviting to two exciting events.

From 12 p.m. Specialist Counsel Elise Johansen, who is head of the professional area sustainability, and senior lawyer Kristin Nordland Brattli are inviting to a discussion about the The Norwegian Transparency Act and due diligence assessments relating thereto.

Also, the Chief Executive Officer, Harald Francke Lund of Cisero, Senior Sustainability Advisor Line Asker of DNB and of the Consumer Authority will contribute to this item on the programme.

More on sanctions

From 1 pm a panel consisting of partner Elisabeth Roscher who is head of our compliance team and member of the Norwegian Bar Association's human rights committee, and Tine Vigmostad, senior lawyer and head of sanctions, will look at legal issues related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The seminar will especially focus on the Russia sanctions package, which is the most comprehensive one ever. NRK's foreign news reporter Gro Holm, who has covered the war as a journalist, as well as Martin Sørby, responsible for sanctions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will also join the panel.

The entire programme for Advokatlåven can be found on the Norwegian Bar Association's website.

In addition to the 3 events we organise, several of our lawyers will contribute to other events.

On Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m., partner Ole Andenæs is participating in a debate organized by the Norwegian Bar Association on Administrative Sanctions and Legal Security together with, among others, politicians Maria Aasen Svensrud (Ap) and Mirell Høyer Berntsen (Sv), and the Bar Association's manager Jon Wessel-Aas.

Arctic Shipping and new regulations in construction and property industries

On Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. our Specialist Counsel Elise Johansen will participate in a panel discussion about shipping in the Arctic, the risk associated with this, and what this could mean for Norway. The conversation is organized by the marine insurance company Gard and Fridtjof Nansen's Institute.

On Thursday afternoon at 13:40 p.m., Johansen will review the central lines in the EU's sustainability regulations and provide examples of the lack of Norwegian implementation and adaptation in a panel discussion on new requirements and regulations in the construction industry.

Bygg Arena Arendal is responsible for this event, with 42 leading companies and associations in the building, construction and property industries.

We hope the summer in southern Norway will show itself from its best side – and to see you in Arendal in week 33!

About Arendalsuka:

  • Annual national arena where participants within politics, social and business communities meet each other and people, for debates and shaping of politics for the present and future
  • All the events included in Arendalsuka’s programme are open to everyone and have free entrance
  • This year, Arendalsuka takes place from 15 to 19 August


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