Following the report of the Special Investigative Commission, the government of Iceland has decided to make ethical guidelines for the presidential office. The project is currently being prepared in the cabinet.
Bessastadir. The presidential residence. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
In a recent Social Democrat caucus, Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir reasoned that the report had shown that it is necessary to review the position of the president and establish guidelines for his office, visir.is reports.
According to Fréttabladid’s sources, the ethical guidelines are intended to frame the presidential office’s work methods. The president’s role will be covered more extensively in the upcoming constitutional parliament.
The plan is that both the cabinet and the presidential office will participate in making the ethical guidelines. However, after such guidelines were recommended in the SIC report, President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson declared that they were unnecessary.
Click here to read more about the report’s conclusions regarding the president.