Young Liberals of Norway
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|Young Liberals of Norway
Unge Venstre (UV)
|Secretary General||Mikal Kvamsdal|
|Founded||27 January 1909|
|International affiliation||International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY)|
|European affiliation||European Liberal Youth (LYMEC)|
|Nordic affiliation||Nordic Liberal and Radical Youth (NLRU)|
Young Liberals of Norway (Norwegian: Unge Venstre) (UV) is the youth league of the Norwegian political party Venstre. Young Liberals was founded on 27 January 1909, with Anders Kirkhusmo as the first president. The current president is Tord Hustveit, since 2013. Vice-Presidents are Alva Eide and Baard Salvesen, and the International Officer is Kjersti Brevik Møller. It advocates a more liberal version of the mother party's social liberalist ideology.
Young Liberals of Norway is a member of the international liberal youth organizations
- European Liberal Youth (LYMEC)
- International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY)
- Nordic Liberal and Radical Youth (NLRU).
The Norwegian name 'Unge Venstre' has historical reasons, and although it literally translates as 'Young Left' in English, Young Liberals of Norway are not socialists, but in fact liberals. To avoid confusion, the official English-language name of the party is 'Young Liberals of Norway'. Proposals to change the name of Unge Venstre to 'Liberal Ungdom' ('Liberal Youth') have been defeated in successive congresses.
Policies of Young Liberals of Norway
- The Young Liberals are strongly in favour of fighting climate change, calling it "the greatest threat of our time" on their website. As a result the Young Liberals are in favour of helping renewable energy become competitive through subsidies, but believe that the market rather than politicians should determine which technology is best. The Young Liberals oppose the construction gas power stations without Carbon capture and storage, and opposes subsidies for polluting industries. The Young Liberals are also in favour of other types of environmental protection, such as hindering oil exploration of the coast of Lofoten due to the fragility of the environment.
- The Young Liberals are in favour of free trade, especially the removal of tariffs on the products of developing nations. This is seen as an integral part of achieving global economic justice rather than a threat to it.
- The Young Liberals are arguably the most pro-immigration political group in Norway, and advocate free labour immigration. The Young Liberals supports compulsory classes in Norwegian as a prerequisite for gaining citizenship.
- The Young Liberals are in favour of Norwegian membership in the European Union, and criticise the European Economic Area agreement as undemocratic because Norway is not represented when decisions regarding it are taken.
- The Young Liberals have recently become especially prominent in the debate on drug policy, and is advocating harm reduction policies. It is calling for decriminalizing use of all drugs, as well as marijuana legalization and regulation. The youth party also advocates administration of clean heroin to drug addicts who have not succeeded in other means of rehabilitation. Furthermore, the party stresses that more resources must be spent on rehabilitation, health care and follow-ups for both previous and existing drug addicts.
Relationship with Venstre
Young Liberals of Norway are independent of Venstre but co-operates closely with them, for example the leader of Young Liberals is automatically a member of the central governing body (Sentralstyret) of Venstre. Venstre and Young Liberals have different opinions on some matters, most prominently in that Young Liberals of Norway supports Norwegian entry into the European Union while Venstre opposes this. The Young Liberals of Norway failed to make Venstre pro-EU during Venstre's party congress in April 2009.
The Young Liberals are generally more liberal in their views than the mother party, both on social and economic issues. They aim to influence Venstre views so that they accords more with those of the Young Liberals. Notable recent victories include convincing Venstre to support heroin prescription in the treatment of addiction, to consider drug decriminalization and to support intellectual property reform, especially with regards to file sharing of music.
The central board members of the Norwegian Young Liberals are:
- Tord Hustveit (22) (President)
- Alva Eide (21) (1. Vice president)
- Baard Salvesen(23) (2. Vice president)
- Kjersti Brevik Møller (23) (International officer)
- Matilde Monsen (22)
- Sindre Horn (24)
- Håkon Westby (21)
- Ingrid Keenan (24)
- Yvonne Ruyter (19)
- Hedvig Johanne Nysæter Nolifer
- Kevin Johnsen
- Simen Eriksen
- Tone Bjørndal
Secretary General: Mikal Kvamsdal
Leaders of Young Liberals of Norway