Norwegian-French magistrate Eva Joly, who served as consultant to Iceland’s special prosecutor because of the banking collapse until last week, says that Iceland should join the EU. It would be advantageous for the EU because of Iceland’s democratic heritage, natural resources and expert knowledge.
Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir and Eva Joly
“You are part of Europe and you already import all the European regulations without having any influence over them,” Joly told interviewer Egill Helgason on TV on Sunday. She pointed out that the EU has a special admission procedure for small states like Iceland. “You can be part of Europe and influence politics. Eou can join the EU like the other Nordic countries. But I hope that if Iceland joins the Union, then Norway will follow you,”
When asked, Joly said that it is a myth that the EU wants Iceland’s natural resources. “The fact is that you can negotiate those matters. Since you have no neighboring states I think you can get a very good agreement on fisheries.”
She also said it was wrong that Iceland can not let its voice be heard and that the country would be without influence among the big European nations.
Eva Joly is a member of the European Parliament for the French Green party and she is the party’s presidential candidate for the 2012 French presidential elections.