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Iceland’s Ministers Overspend on Traveling

Travel expenses for Iceland’s ministers totaled around 100 million ISK (1.3 million USD) in the last ten months. A Member of Parliament for the Left Green Movement claims trips by a private jet to a NATO meeting in Romania were an act of extravagance.

MP for the Left Green Movement, Álfheiður Ingadóttir, asked the Prime Minister, Geir H.Haarde about the travel expenses of the government.

“It is normal that ministers travel abroad, but to me it is clear that the decision to run for UN security council has an impact on the amount of money spent on travel,” Ingadóttir told Fréttabladid.

“However, some ministers travel much further, like for example to Africa, South America and the Caribbean for maybe half the price the Minister of Foreign Affairs spent on the trip to the NATO meeting. It shows that the trip by a private jet was purely an act of extravagance” Ingadóttir said.

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