The government should begin discussions on EU membership for Iceland in February 2009 at the latest, according to a resolution issued by Borgarbyggd municipality’s faction of the Social Democratic Party, west Iceland.
The resolution also demands that the board of the Central Bank and the Financial Supervisory Authority (FME) step down and that controversial laws on pensions for Iceland’s highest-ranking officials be annulled, Fréttabladid reports.
If the coalition government is not able to find a solution on these issues, the Social Democrats should break up their coalition with the Independence Party and request new general elections, the resolution recommends.
“What has been clear and what I have mentioned many times is that there is a certain impatience in our party, both in regards to the Central Bank board and the European Union,” commented Foreign Minister and leader of the Social Democrats Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir when asked about the resolution.
Gísladóttir said the Social Democrat faction of Borgarbyggd obviously wants to give the Independence Party time to discuss a potential EU membership to Iceland at their general meeting in January before the government decides on whether or not Iceland should apply for it.
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Copyright of photo of Foreign Minister Gísladóttir: Icelandic Photo Agency.