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Iceland Hands in EU Questionnaire

The Icelandic authorities handed in their answers to the European Commission’s questionnaire yesterday, which is part of the membership application process to the EU.

Photo of Thingvellir by Páll Stefánsson.

All ministries and a number of ministerial institutions worked on answering the more than 2,500 questions in the 8,870-page questionnaire and enclosures.

Based on the answers provided by the Icelandic authorities, the European Commission will provide the European Council with its opinion on whether Iceland fulfills the conditions of becoming a formal European Union member state, a press release from Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs explains.

With the questionnaire, the European Commission aims to map the existing legislation in Iceland and its execution, and the administration and policy-making in various fields.

Questions and answers are divided into a number of chapters, two of which cover the economy and economic affairs and the general administration, democracy and human rights. Other chapters cover free movement of goods, free movement of workers, etc.

The work on answering the questions has been swift and successful, the ministry stated; only six weeks have passed since the European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn handed the questionnaire over to the Icelandic government, on September 8.

In many cases answers that had been prepared for the EEA, OECD, WTO and the United Nations on earlier occasions could be reused.

Iceland’s answers have been made public and are available on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs under this link (the website is in Icelandic but the pdf documents to which further links are provided are in English).

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