A total of 21 chapters of 33, approximately two thirds of the chapters in Iceland’s EU accession talks, have been opened with the launch of negotiations on three chapters at an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) in Brussels this morning.
Talks have commenced on the following chapters: Financial Services, Statistics and Customs Union. According to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, of the 21 that have been opened, ten have been provisionally closed.
In Iceland’s negotiation position on financial services, Iceland details important measures that have been taken to improve the administration capacity and quality of financial services supervision following the financial crisis.
In regard to statistics, Iceland requests that the state’s small size is taken into account in regard to timeliness, frequency, level of detail and precision.
On customs union, Icelandic legislation is largely in line with the acqui. Action plans on legislative alignment and design and set-up of necessary IT systems will be delivered by two working groups which have been established for that purpose.
The next IGC, the last one under the Cyprus presidency, is scheduled to take place in December.
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