Regulations for Press Access to the Storting

As of 1st January 2016

1. About the press and the Storting
2. The Storting’s access pass for the press
3. Norwegian Press Association press cards, Norwegian Press Photographers Association press cards, and NRK and TV2 access passes
4. Members of the press without a press card
5. Technical staff from the TV and radio companies
6. Members of the foreign press
7. Press access to the offices of the Members of the Storting and members of staff
8. Temporary restrictions on press access in the Storting buildings
9. Photography and filming
10. Further information about parking arrangements for the press

1. About the press and the Storting

The Storting has a long tradition of being an open house in which the press has extensive opportunities to report on parliamentary business. An essential pillar of any democracy is that parliamentary business in the national assembly is open and accessible to the public. Consequently, the press must have good working conditions and the requisite accessibility to the political and parliamentary work that takes place in the Storting.

Beyond this, the relationship between the Storting and the press is regulated by the Code of Ethics of the Norwegian Press (VVP).

2. The Storting’s access pass for the press

The Storting’s access pass for the press gives access to the Storting buildings’ common areas, cf.  the Security and Access Regulations for the Storting, section 1.2.

In addition, the pass gives access to:

  • The Press Box in the Storting Chamber
  • The press centre in the Storting building
  • The media companies’ individual on-site offices and studios
  • The Library of the Storting and its services

Holders of the Storting’s access pass for the press may also be accompanied by members of the press from their own media company, including:

  • Journalists and photographers with a press card
  • Freelance journalists without a press card
  • Trainees/students without a press card.

The Storting’s access pass for the press is issued by the Secretary General of the Storting at the request of the Parliamentary Press Club.

3. Norwegian Press Association press cards, Norwegian Press Photographers Association press cards, and NRK and TV2 access passes

Journalists and press photographers with valid press cards issued by the Norwegian Press Association, the Norwegian Press Photographers Association, or access passes issued by NRK and TV2 have access to the Storting buildings’ common areas, the press centre in the Storting building when there are sittings in the Storting Chamber and committee hearings, and other public events.

Beyond this, access shall be by appointment only.

Visitor passes are issued in the receptions on the presentation of one of the aforementioned press cards or access passes.

4. Members of the press without a press card

Members of the press without a press card may apply for a visitor pass. The media company responsible must submit an application with the person’s name, desired date of access, and the purpose of the assignment. All applications should be sent to the Media and Public Relations Section.

Beyond this, access shall be by appointment only.

Visitor passes are issued in the receptions on the presentation of a valid ID.

5. Technical staff from the TV and radio companies

Technical staff from the TV and radio companies have access to the media companies’ studios in the Storting buildings. They also have access to the Storting buildings in connection with reporting assignments or technical maintenance, etc. as long as they are accompanied by a member of the press who has been issued with one of the Storting’s access passes for the press.

Visitor passes are issued in the receptions on the presentation of one of the aforementioned press cards or access passes.

6. Members of the foreign press

Visitor passes are issued to members of the foreign press who have an appointment, or after advance accreditation. Members of the foreign press have access to the press centre.

Visitor passes are issued in the receptions on the presentation of a press card or valid ID.

7. Press access to the offices of the Members of the Storting and members of staff

Press access to the offices of the Members of the Storting and members of staff shall be by appointment only.

8. Temporary restrictions on press access in the Storting buildings

During such times as the work in the Storting or circumstances otherwise dictate, the President of the Storting may decide that the common areas in the Storting buildings are temporarily closed to the press. In these cases, access to such areas shall be by appointment with those receiving the visits only.

9. Photography and filming

See the Regulations for Photography and Filming in the Storting.

10. Further information about parking arrangements for the press

Those persons with the Storting’s access pass for the press who have special parking requirements may be given access to the Storting garage. There are only a limited number of parking spaces available. Access to the Storting garage may only be given after advance notice to the Storting’s Security Section. Additional parking spaces for vehicles used on reporting assignments have been reserved for NRK and TV2.


Last updated: 05.09.2017 14:05