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Consensus Rules in Parliament

Very few matters about which there is a difference of opinion ​between the governing parties and the opposition are getting through Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament. Parliament goes into recess tomorrow, Wednesday, and it is primarily the national budget which is a cause of dispute, Vísir reports.

Other major issues of disagreement include the alcohol bill, the master plan for nature protection and energy utilization, the e-cigarette bill, and a bill concerning the number of municipal representatives. They must all await a better time. A free trade agreement with the Philippines is yet another hot button topic which is to be delayed.

The governing coalition’s weak majority of one seat means that bills cannot be passed at a usual rate. Instead, MPs from the governing parties have been forced to accept significant proposals for compromise from the opposition. A bill concerning equal pay certification for companies is no longer a cause for dispute after some changes were made, so it will fly through parliament.

Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir, acting party group chairman for the Progressive Party, stated, “The governing parties aren’t forcing anything through. They can’t.”

Fréttablaðið has previously reported that the alcohol bill will not pass. Sources report that the governing coalition has not put any emphasis on it in negotiations with the opposition. “It was off the table immediately. There was no chance for any agreement,” Silja said.

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