Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir and Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt met in Copenhagen yesterday where the Nordic Council meeting is currently taking place.
Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
The prime ministers discussed the accession negotiations between Iceland and the European Union, as Denmark will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first half of 2012.
According to a press release from the Icelandic Prime Minister’s Office, a special provision in the coalition agreement for the Danish government, states that it will actively support the accession of Iceland to the EU.
Sigurdardóttir and Thorning-Schmidt specifically discussed the process of the negotiations in the next months, as it is foreseen that in addition to the negotiating chapters that will be opened in 2011, the rest can be opened in 2012, preferably within the time of the Danish presidency.
They also discussed economic issues, including the recent developments and actions undertaken by leaders in the EU and the Eurozone. The economic situation in Iceland was brought up.
Sigurdardóttir invited Thorning-Schmidt to come on an official visit to Iceland next year.
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