The European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn is satisfied with the answers Icelandic authorities provided to the European Commission’s 2,500 questions in relation to their application for EU membership, submitted on October 22.
The European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
“The Commissioner for Enlargement has reviewed the answers and is generally satisfied with them. A few items require more detailed explanation. We need further answers to items like the administration’s ability, the institution of legislation, etc.,” a reply to an enquiry from pressan.is reads.
The Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs added that the reactions from the European Commission and Sweden, which currently has the EU presidency, have been positive and Iceland’s answers were considered good.
Only a few additional questions have been received. “Some have already been answered, others are in the final stages,” the ministry stated.
Last month, the European Parliament announced that membership talks with Iceland wouldn’t begin until spring 2010, while the Icelandic government had hoped they could begin as early as this month.
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