Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson has appointed Iceland’s negotiation committee for the upcoming membership talks with the European Union, as announced by the Foreign Ministry yesterday.
Ambassador Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, who earlier this week was appointed chief negotiator, will chair the committee.
In addition to Jóhannesson, the committee is comprised of ten chairpersons of individual negotiation teams and seven other members. Appointments were based on the majority opinion of the parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
Special emphasis was placed on individual negotiating experience and expert knowledge of the issues, and that accession negotiations are the collective responsibility of the entire Icelandic government and administration. The negotiation committee is gender equal.
Further information on the negotiation committee, including biographies of individual members, will be available on the Foreign Ministry’s website.
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