Prince Haakon hits back over business forum
Crown Prince Haakon believes he can be involved in the nation's business affairs after he organized a conference in Norway that faced criticism from those who urge more neutrality from the country's Royal family.
Crown Prince Haakon is holding a 2-day conference in Tromsø, North Norway at The Edge luxury hotel where business and tax politics is on the agenda.
“I just arrange the venue,” said the Crown Prince, shirking his role in the event.
The Norwegian Royal has been criticised the past week for taking the initiative to organize the business conference "SIKT 2014".
Professor Trond Nordby was among the Crown Prince Haakon's strongest critics. Nordby told the newspaper Dagsavisen that it is unfortunate the Crown Prince would create a forum for a discussion on future tax politics in this way.
Speaking to the media in Tromsø on Wednesday, The Crown Prince said: “I never meant the issues brought up by my critics to become the main focus of this conference.”
The Crown Prince added: “I think [the conference] will become exciting and that it will not become politically controversial. I arranged the venue and then it is for the participants to fill the space with content.”
The 2-day event features seminars, Q&As and workshops on entrepreneurship, innovation and the future vision for Norway.