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  • Significant variation in the follow-up of young people who have interrupted their upper secondary education and training

    ​Around 30 per cent of Norwegian students who start upper secondary education do not complete their education within five years. The challenges are particularly evident within vocational subjects. The follow-up they receive is quite variable. "The county authorities and the NAV offices should provide better follow-up of these young people," says Norway's Auditor General, Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Maintenance funding doubled over eight years – continued unstable operations: Weak management and follow-up of maintenance work on the rail network

    ​The rail network is still unstable, despite nearly 110 per cent growth in maintenance appropriations from 2006 to 2014. "The Norwegian National Rail Administration and the Ministry of Transport and Communications do not exercise good enough management, and the Ministry has little information regarding whether the appropriations are used efficiently," says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Organic agriculture is far from the goal of 15 per cent in 2020, and production is declining

    ​Both production and consumption of organic food amount to so little that it is highly challenging to reach the goal set by the Storting of 15 per cent in 2020.  "Consumption has increased somewhat, but production is declining. The instruments do not adequately stimulate toward increasing production and sales. The public sector can influence demand to a greater extent by increasing its consumption of organic food," says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • The seed capital funds: "No major growth enterprises have emerged"

    ​The seed capital funds aim to promote more new, viable growth enterprises, but so far, no major growth enterprises have emerged from the seed capital phase. "The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries should facilitate better follow-up of the schemes' results," says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • The Coordination Reform: "The quality of the services must be improved"

    ​Despite the fact that the municipalities receive sicker patients than previously following the Coordination Reform, they have done little to increase capacity or bolster skills. "The Ministry must follow developments closely, also in terms of the quality of services patients receive in the municipalities," says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

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