Reykjavík Mayor: EU Question “Overrated”


Reykjavík Mayor: EU Question “Overrated”

Jón Gnarr

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

In an interview with, Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr said that joining the EU was not important for Iceland.

An extract from the interview:

Jón Gnarr: Eventually countries, a worn out model, are going to disappear. Countries usually have very difficult relationships and rarely productive ones. For example, Iceland had a debate with the EU. Take mackerel, we have had this ongoing for years and years, delegations going back and forth about mackerel and have had no conclusion yet, whilst Reykjavík is cooperating with cities in a completely different way.

Hive Reporters: Actually is it important for Iceland to join the EU?

Jón Gnarr: No, I don’t think it matters at all. The question of Iceland joining the EU or not is overrated. It’s not a make or break for the EU, nor a make or break for us either. It’s just a new type of cooperation between people of different nationalities. Cooperation is far more productive on a municipal level than between countries. In regards to climate change, for example, cities have a leading role.

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