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Iceland Prepares for EU Questionnaire

By Iceland Review

A questionnaire from the European Union as part of Iceland’s membership application will be formally submitted by Olli Rehn, the European Commissioner for Enlargement, next week. Employees of Iceland’s ministries have begun preparing the answers.

The EU Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

If the questionnaire is anything similar to the one submitted to the government of Montenegro in July, ministry employees in Iceland have a lot of work on their hands. The questionnaire was 368 pages long with 2,178 questions on various aspects of society and its main institutions, reports.

The EU is also keen on finding out whether applicants fulfill the Copenhagen criteria, which require that a state has the institutions to preserve democratic governance and human rights, a functioning market economy and accept the obligations and intent of the EU.

According to information from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Icelandic government is planning to submit the answers to the questionnaire before the end of this year, so that membership negotiations can begin early in 2010, provided the EU ministerial council approves of the answers.

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