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Could Iceland’s EU Application Still be Valid?

It’s unclear whether Iceland’s European Union application is no longer valid, or whether a new government could request that negotiations resume. This is the view of Matthias Brinkmann, the EU’s ambassador to Iceland, reports.

Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, voted in the summer of 2009 to apply for membership to the EU. Negotiations formally began a year later. In January, 2013, the negotiations were put on hold, shortly before parliamentary elections.

In March of this year, Iceland’s foreign minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, delivered a letter to the EU, stating the government’s wish that Iceland not be regarded as an applicant for membership anymore, since the government had no intention to resume membership negotiations.

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