Many to Lose Jobs at Iceland’s Foreign Ministry

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Many to Lose Jobs at Iceland’s Foreign Ministry

gunnar_bragi_sveinssonMore than 30 people will lose their jobs at Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs because of the government’s decision to put accession talks with the European Union on hold, visir.is reports. 

 

Urður Gunnarsdóttir, spokesperson for the ministry, told daily Fréttablaðið, that the redundancies are a result of a change in priorities by the new government.

“We are currently restructuring the priorities at the ministry, as a result of a change in policy by the minister (Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, pictured), who would like to place further emphasis on Arctic affairs, free trade contacts and EEA (European Economic Area) matters,” she explained.

 

Ten individuals have already lost their jobs at the ministry because of the change in policy.

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