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Iceland’s EU Application Still Debated in Parliament

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Iceland’s EU Application Still Debated in Parliament

The foreign affairs committee of the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, tried until late last night to reach a compromise on a parliamentary resolution regarding Iceland’s application for membership to the European Union, but in vain.

Inside Althingi. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

However, according to Fréttabladid’s sources, the committee will reconvene today and is optimistic about reaching a conclusion on the matter today. Morgunbladid, on the other hand, reports that the committee is split in its views on EU membership application and that it is uncertain when a conclusion can be reached.

Two propositions have been submitted on the matter, one from the government parties and another from the opposition. Combining these propositions into one has been under discussion, Fréttabladid reports.

The main issue of debate is whether a double referendum should take place. In such an instance the public would decide whether membership negotiations are launched in the first place before the actual EU membership agreement is voted on.

“I have always had reservations about whether it is right to launch negotiations without clear public opinion—that’s nothing new from where I stand,” Gudfrídur Lilja Grétarsdóttir, the Left-Green representative on the foreign affairs committee, told Morgunbladid.

Although the Left-Green Party forms the coalition government along with the Social Democrats, many of its members are openly against joining the EU.

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