Franek Rozwadowski, the permanent representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Iceland, denies the IMF ever suggested the temporary closing of state-run cultural institutions, including the National Theater.
The National Theater. Photo by Eddi Jónsson.
Rozwadowski made the comment in response to a statement by Minister of Education and Culture Katrín Jakobsdóttir at the Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, on Friday, visir.is reports.
A statement issued by Rozwadowski on Monday says that the IMF always emphasized the overall size of the deficit.
He explained that the general rule of the economic stabilization program was that the Icelandic government decided on its own how to handle the deficit, how taxation should be arranged and where cutbacks should be made.