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Dutch Military Jets to Be Registered in Iceland?

Before stepping down as Minister of Transport yesterday, Kristján L. Möller gave the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) permission to start preparing the registration of military jets, owned by the Dutch company ECA Program, in Iceland.

The move, which was announced on the ministry’s website, sent shivers through the Left-Green Movement, Morgunbladid reports.

Möller claimed an agreement on the matter had been reached among himself, Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir and Finance Minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon the previous day.

However, according to a press release issued yesterday by Hrannar Arnarson, assistant to PM Sigurdardóttir, no such agreement was reached. However, it had been agreed to obtain further information on the matter.

“The registration as such is not beginning but rather preparations and questions that must be answered before a decision is made to take it to the next level,” Möller explained.

“It was supposed to be finished as quickly as possible. I met the prime minister and finance minister on Tuesday after the cabinet meeting. The three of us reviewed a draft of a memo and the points on it which included ten or 12 questions,” Möller continued.

He said he decided to write a formal letter to the director of the CAA about the matter because such data collection costs considerable money.

“[On Wednesday] I was at a meeting with Jóhanna where we reviewed various issues regarding the ministry. This matter came up and she asked: ‘Haven’t you written the letter?’ I said: ‘Yes, and I have signed it’.”

If approved, ECA would use military jets for practice around Iceland. It is unclear what responsibility Iceland would have for these jets outside Iceland’s airspace and whether ECA’s clients would only include NATO member states and if not, what states.

The matter is controversial, especially within the Left-Green Movement. Ögmundur Jónasson of the Left-Greens will now become responsible for this matter by taking over the projects of the Transport Ministry in a new Ministry for Internal Affairs.

Click here to read more about ECA’s plans and here to read more about the shuffling in the cabinet.

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