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Iceland Wants to Prepare EU Application

According to a new opinion poll conducted by Fréttabladid daily, 67.8 percent of participants want the government to prepare an application for EU membership. EU membership is, however, not on the government’s agenda.

Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde said during the general meeting of the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA) on Friday that EU membership for Iceland would be a worse option than remaining outside the union, Fréttabladid reports.

The government has, however, established a special European committee which serves the purpose of monitoring the development of certain issues in Europe and estimating if these developments could prove beneficial for Iceland. The committee held its first meeting at the beginning of April.

In February, Fréttabladid undertook another opinion poll on this subject, where 55.1 percent of participants said they wanted Iceland to apply for EU membership. Support for EU membership had never been higher.

For the most recent poll, Fréttabladid called 800 eligible voters on April 19, and 81.9 percent answered the question.

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