If Iceland applies for membership to the European Union it would receive express treatment and could provide Croatia with competition on becoming the 28th member state, as revealed by the European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn yesterday.
Rehn made the announcement at an open meeting in Oslo which was broadcast at Reykjavík University, Fréttabladid reports.
At the meeting, former Prime Minister of Sweden Göran Persson said Iceland could rely on support from its fellow Nordic nations should it decide to apply for EU membership, including support on a special solution on fishing.
Membership discussions with Croatia are in the final stages and Croatia is expected to become an EU member state by the end of next year.
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