Judiciary Committee politicians are seeking answers on the Norwegian passport crisis

According to the newspaper Klassekampen, the judiciary is not pleased with the fact that Thales was held responsible for making Norwegian passports, even though Thales was considered the worst in the 2016 bid competition.

“It’s very problematic that a company that wasn’t considered competitive in the bidding round due to poor quality has become a supplier of Norwegian passports,” said Storting for the Liberal. I told Klassekampen, Ingvilled Wetrhus Torsvik Party (V), who belongs to the judicial committee of Norway.

On Thursday, Klassekampen reported that the French company Thales, which is currently struggling to provide passports to Norwegians, was excluded from the bidding competition in 2016 because it was considered the worst option.

However, in 2019, they won a billion contracts and acquired a supplier who succeeded in securing responsibility for Norwegian passport manufacturing.

Letter to Mehl

Thorsvik now wants to clarify the assessment made in 2019, and on Thursday she wrote to the Minister of Justice Emilie Enger Mehl (SP) about the case.

Former Justice Minister Par Willy Amundsen, who is also a member of the Legal Commission, said the ministry must clarify whether the significant delays and lack of delivery this spring are factors that should terminate the agreement with Thales. I don’t think it will be.

“If there is a reason to terminate the agreement, we must do so and carry out Norwegian production,” he said.

He added that the production of passports must be done in Norway in the future and that Norway must also be in stock if there is a problem with the supply of raw materials. SV and Rødt also want to produce passports in Norway.

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