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European Commissioner for Enlargement in Iceland

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson met with European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle, who is currently in Iceland, on Wednesday evening.


Össur Skarphédinsson (left) and Stefan Füle.

They discussed the status and progress of Iceland’s membership negotiations with the European Union; at a summit in Brussels on Wednesday the negotiation partners concluded discussions on two chapters of the membership agreement, the Foreign Ministry reports.

Six chapters have been open for discussion since the end of June 2011 and discussions on four chapters have now come to an end. The membership talks include 35 chapters in total.


Stefan Füle meets Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photos: EC Audiovisual Service.

Füle went on to meet the Icelandic negotiation committee at the Foreign Ministry yesterday, where the status of the talks was reviewed and their arrangements in the coming months discussed.

At his meeting with the minister, Skarphédinsson stressed that Iceland is prepared to open up as many as half of the chapters in the negotiation process before the end of this year and expressed his view that topics that are bound to lead to time-consuming discussions, such as fisheries and agriculture, should be covered as soon as possible.

Skarphédinsson also stated that it is important to work closely with Denmark in the negotiation process, as they will take over the EU leadership in 2012.

Füle commented that Iceland is well prepared to become an EU member state given how similar the legislations of Iceland and the EU are due to Iceland’s participation in the EEA and Schengen agreements.

Füle also complimented what he described as “model collaboration” between Icelandic and EU officials.

Click here to read more about Iceland and the EU and here to read more about the two chapters on which discussions concluded this week.


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