Norway government kills pavilion hope
5. april 2012
I just needed to update this since a lot of you have been following the development in the case to get the Norway pavilion back on track. I recently received this message from Tone Nymoen, a dedicated person working in AmCham that has led the fight to get Norwegian government into the project. As of now, it seems really dark;
“After working with Disney for two year on trying to refurbish the Norwegian pavilion I am now sorry to say that we have given up.
Disney is not willing to spend any more time on this and I feel the window of opportunity is closing fast. I honestly think I have lifted every stone and explored every opportunity in this matter, but unfortunately have not been able to make any progress.
Nærings – og Handelsdepartementet wanted direct contact with Disney, but after a few phone calls these negotiations broke down. NHD wanted Disney to use the Innovation Norway film, but since that is already publicly available online Disney wouldn’t do it. This issue has been raised in Stortinget three times, lastly in the budget negotiations in December, but they have not been able to agree on using 5 million NOK on this. These 5 million was suppose to be the basis of the total amount of 20 million NOK, where the rest was suppose to come from Norwegian businesses. I had several interested candidates…
The whole thing has been very frustrating and time-consuming, and I really don’t like giving up, but it has become such a “prestige issue” that I am unable to get anywhere.
Disney will most likely, at some point, do something at the pavilion themselves, but Norway will not be able to partake in the decisions about what this should be.”
Im really sad, and I unfortunately realize that our government don’t really care about the pavilion.
We need to throw out these socialists of ours… My party (Liberals) and the other right political parties are for giving money to the pavilion.
Ill update if there should come some new information in this case.
Have a magical day!