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Government Presents Action Plan for Sudurnes

The government is planning to support municipalities in the employment-starved Sudurnes region in southwest Iceland in employment development, education and social services with a ten-step action plan presented at a press conference on Tuesday.


The press conference was held at the Viking World Museum in Njardvík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Among the ideas mentioned is to relocate the Icelandic Coast Guard’s facilities to Keflavík International Airport, reports.

“We are both creating jobs and laying the groundwork for the future, for example by forming a policy on education,” commented Minister of Finance Steingrímur J. Sigfússon.

Some jobs will be created soon, for example at KADECO (the Keflavík Airport Development Corporation) where projects are impending, such as the establishment of a museum featuring the Cold War and the military base, the minister said.

Mayor of Reykjanesbaer municipality Árni Sigfússon said he was content with the meeting with the government on Tuesday. He estimates that 3,000 jobs can be created in the near future and the government is going to help carrying plans to that regard through.

At parliament, MPs of the opposition parties criticized the government’s action plan, especially the museum which they argue is an insignificant step towards employment development in the region.

Róbert Marshall, chairman of the Althingi parliament’s General Committee, told that the opposition’s reaction to the government’s action plan in Sudurnes indicates old-fashioned politics. He stated MPs are disregarding the planned restoration.

According to recent news, a private hospital will open at the old military base in Sudurnes next year.

Click here to read more about those plans.

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