Iceland’s former Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson has been appointed Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, effective 1 January 2007. The announcement came this morning at a press conference held by the Prime Ministers of the Nordic Countries in Copenhagen. This is reported in all the main online media.
Morgunbladid online quotes Ásgrímsson as saying that his three decades of experience in Nordic cooperation weighed heavily in his appointment. He took part in his first Nordic congress in 1976, two years after he was first elected to Iceland’s parliament.
The Nordic Council of Ministers was established in 1971 and is a cooperative forum for the governments of all the Nordic countries.