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Changes to the Government Offices of Iceland

Changes proposed by a committee appointed to review the work methods of the Government Offices of Iceland were presented in the Culture House in Reykjavík yesterday.


Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir said she agrees with nearly all of the proposals and has commenced preparations of a bill to carry the changes through, Morgunbladid reports.

According to, the goal is for the bill to be submitted to the Althingi parliament this winter and for it to be passed as legislation in spring 2011.

Sigurdardóttir said it is important for the PM to obtain information from the Financial Supervisory Authority and the Central Bank. The flow of information from these institutions to the PM must be increased.

Furthermore, it is important to secure the joint political responsibility of governments in certain issues, such as those concerning the economy and financial administration, Sigurdardóttir added.

Among the ideas is to increase the number of political assistants and the establishment of a special entity which will assist ministries in hiring personnel. Clearer regulations on the prime minister’s role are also being proposed, as stated in Morgunbladid.

Another proposal includes the cancellation of a clause specifying the names of the different ministries and thus creating flexibility for each government to decide on the number and names of ministries.

Furthermore, different work methods in hiring high-ranking officials and other government employees are suggested—that the hiring process will be improved by appointing special committees to ensure professional viewpoints are being upheld.

The committee whose ideas were presented yesterday met with a number of employees within the Government Offices and experts in the field of administration before completing its review.

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