Entering Norwegian Market 2012-Jun-13

On the 13th of June, NLCC together with VARUL Law firm and its partners from Norway, KLUGE, arranged a seminar for everyone interested about doing business in Norway. The seminar took place in Novotel Hotel, where over 45 people showed up to listen to various professionals speak of business in Norway. 

The seminar began with an opening word by the Ambassador of Norway, H.E. Mr. Leif Arne Ulland, who introduced Norway to the attendants, major facts about Norwegian business sector and what to expect. Later NLCC gave a welcoming word as well and introduced the audience about Chamber’s activities. 

Mr. Frode Olsen, Senior Lawyer at KLUGE Law Firm in Oslo discussed about the legal aspects of starting business in Norway, as well as taxation and VAT. He stressed that although the regulations in  Norway are stricter than in Lithuania, it is much easier and quicker to set up a business in Norway that in Lithuania. 

Mr. Tarjei Pedersen from KLUGE Law Firm in Oslo focused on Norwegian technical and certification requirements on construction and real estate. This was very relevant for people interesting in developing real estate in Norway, as this was an opportunity to hear from an experienced professional in this area. 

Next followed a success story of a Lithuanian company that does a lot of business with Norway. Mr. Arnoldas Šileika, general manager of AB Vakarų laivų gamykla, informed the audience how co-operation with Norway was beneficial for the company and how good relations with Norwegians built a stable foundation for this company. 

After the coffee break, the focus was on public procurement in Norway – a very relevant topic for  a the majority of businesses. Mrs. Bellinda T. Ingebrigtsen, Senior Lawyer at KLUGE in Oslo, shared her knowledge and experience in public procurement of Norway: market, procedures, opportunities and risks. 

Mr. Mindaugas Gerojimas, sales manager at UAB Mercelli Lithuania, explained Norwegian public procurement database and the access to information. He explained how electronic public procurement changed a lot of businesses in a positive manner and how useful databases can be accessed and used. 

The seminar finished with a glass of wine and socializing between the attendees. NLCC thanks everyone who particiapated and gives a warm thank our member VARUL and KLUGE Law firms for this interesting and useful seminar for Lithuanian entrepreneurs and businesses considering to enter the Norwegian market. Below are some pictures from the seminar. 

The presentations from the seminar can be found here. 

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