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Parliament Passes Third Energy Package

The Icelandic parliament has just passed legislation adopting the EU’s Third Energy Package, RÚV reports. The legislation has seen 150 hours of debate in the chamber, a record for the Icelandic parliament. The bill was passed with 46 votes for and 13 against.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, all nine Centre Party MPs, which had led several filibusters on the topic, voted against the bill. The 13 opponents also included Independence Party MP Ásmundur Friðriksson and Pirate Party MP Jón Þór Ólafsson.

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Prime Minister Katrík Jakobsdóttir expressed her support for the legislation, saying the matter was well-researched by the government. Addressing the bill’s opponents, she suggested they concern themselves with the new constitution, which outlines clearly that Iceland’s resources are owned by the nation.

As the legislation was passed, police expelled one protester from the chamber gallery who was causing a disturbance. A small group of protesters was present outside the parliament building while the debate stood.

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