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At the establishment meeting this weekend The Norwegian Student Organisation (NSO) was finally made reality. Nearly 200 student politicians had the right to vote at the meeting, and a further 150 had the right to speak and the power of proposal. Together they discussed the future and policies of the new organisation.

– I am very pleased. We have arrived at good policies, without fights between former members of The National Student Federation (StL) and The Norwegian Union of Students (NSU). This means that we are ready for the merger, says leader for The University of Bergen’s Student Parliament Synnøve Mjeldheim Skaar. Skaar was also part of the meeting’s steering committee.


Leader for the delegation from The Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) Eirik B. Tenfjord feels however that the debate was monotonous.

– The debate about for example private bidders was not very constructive and based on prejudice. In addition too much time was spent on single speeches.

– It is always difficult to find the courage to discuss the big issues. It is a lot harder than discussing details, Skaar points out.

She still believes the establishment meeting managed to discuss politics in a good manner from time to time.


Due to a tight time schedule speaking time and options were cut drastically short on Friday. Contributions were reduced from three minutes to one and a half minute. Replies were cut out for a short while until one reply plus answer were allowed for every contribution.

According to Skaar cutting out replies was unfortunate, but she does not believe the reduction of speaking time harmed the debate.

Kjartan Allmenning, one of the meeting’s moderators, agrees that it was unfortunate.

– Discussion should be possible during a democratic debate, he says.

Allmenning adds that the majority of those present were in favour of cutting down on replies, and that it is the moderator table’s task to follow the time schedule.

– The moderator table’s priority is finishing the meeting without any unfinished cases.


Leader for the Student Parliament at Bergen University College (HiB) Øystein Fimland and member of the drafting committee for the programme of principles agrees that time was short.

– There was limited time for debating the programme of principles. That was a pity because it made it harder to form a more coherent picture, he says.

Tenfjord thinks this might mean that the recommendations from the drafting committee did not sufficiently allow for the debating of some issues.

Fimland disagrees.

– In my opinion we tried to reflect the wishes of those present as much as possible.

Some 200 proposals for amendment of the programmes of policy and principles were admitted during this weekend’s establishment meeting. Delegates were given about an hour and a half to read through the suggestions and recommendations from the drafting committees.

Delegation leader for the Student Parliament at HiB Karl Hans Braut handed in a protocol addition where he pointed out that it was unfortunate that the establishment meeting did not have more time to prepare itself for the voting.

– It did not take long from the handing out of documents to the start of the voting process. The pace was very high as well. This resulted in people going for the recommendations from the drafting committee as they did not have time to form an opinion of their own, says Braut.

In his case he refrained from voting for about 150 proposals because he had not had the time to look at them.


Tenfjord feels the programme of principles could have looked different if people had made more conscious decisions. He thinks many did not understand the issues fully during the voting and just let the recommendations from the drafting committee pass.

Tenfjord points out that the establishment meeting voted no on a radical allocation by sex quota, while a proposal that there should always be both men and women in appointment committees was voted through.

– If there are only two available candidates for the committee, and are both are men, we could end up having to use a radical allocation by sex quota to fulfil such a demand.

Skaar, who is against a radical allocation by sex quota, sees the point, but disagrees.

– I think that is taking it too far. There are definite advantages with having both sexes represented in appointment committees, but this may naturally be difficult to accomplish in small subject communities.


The establishment meeting appointed Anne Karine Nymoen for the first leader of NSO. The former NSU leader was the only candidate for the position. She received a standing ovation from those present.

– I am very happy, proud and humble, she says.

NSO hopes to be co-localised by 1 July and Nymoen is looking forward to starting work after that.

– I look forward to showing all the good policies, she says.