The European Commission described Iceland’s progress in accession negotiations with the European Union as positive in a report published earlier this week.
The European Central Bank. Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.
In the report, the EU Commission says it is confident that a deal can be reached which takes the interests and expectations of all parties into account while at the same time safeguarding the principles of the EU.
The EU’s common interests with Iceland are growing, the report states, including in the fields of renewable energy and climate change as well as in view of the EU’s Arctic policy.
Substantive accession negotiations between Iceland and the EU began in June, 2011. Eighteen negotiation chapters of 33 have been opened and ten closed provisionally.