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Left-Greens Harshly Criticize Minister of Industry

katrinjuliusdottir-radhThe parliamentary party of the Left-Green Movement issued a resolution yesterday where they criticized Minister of Industry Katrín Júlíusdóttir of the Social Democrats (pictured), a minister of their own government, for dismissing the board of the Icelandic Regional Development Institute and appointing a new board in its stead against the Left-Greens’ wishes earlier this week.

In the resolution, the Left-Greens also thanked their outgoing representatives on the institute’s board for their good work, Morgunbladid reports.

One of the outgoing board members is Left-Green Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Jón Bjarnason’s son, Bjarni Jónsson, ruv.is pointed out. The board’s new chair is Thóroddur Bjarnason, professor at the University of Akureyri.

A statement from the minister explained that she had decided not to seek appointments for the institute’s board members from the political parties, as is customary, in accordance with a legal evaluation from the National Audit Office in 1996.

Júlíusdóttir reasoned that it is more appropriate for board members to be appointed directly by the minister so that their purpose on the board is clear; through the years, the political parties’ appointments have been random and non-transparent, she stated.

She is responsible for the board, she stressed, which has important projects to work on, first and foremost to tackle the Icelandic Regional Development Institute’s poor financial situation, as mentioned on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós last night.

Júlíusdóttir said she was surprised by the harsh reactions of the Left-Greens, especially because she had notified the party’s chairman, Finance Minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, of her plans in May without having received an answer. She also notified the Left-Green parliamentary party of her plans a few days before dismissing the old board.

This is the first time that a parliamentary party has issued a resolution criticizing a minister of its own government and Júlíusdóttir said she is not content with such work methods.

However, when asked whether this is yet another sign of tension between the two coalition parties, Júlíusdóttir replied that this is not the case; this is a matter that can be resolved, she stated.

Click here to read more about tension within the government.


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