Björt Ólafsdóttir, Iceland’s minister for the environment, says that the decision to have a photo shoot inside Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament building, which was used for a British company’s marketing campaign, was made in jest between friends.
The Icelandic Minister of Justice wants to do away with the concepts of ‘restored honor’ and an ‘unblemished reputation.’
Benedikt Jóhannesson, Iceland’s minister of finance, believes the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Iceland ought to lower interest rates considerably this month.
The announcement by the Icelandic government Wednesday that it plans to introduce a bill in parliament, requiring companies to prove they pay all employees the same, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and nationality, has received attention world-wide.
Residents of the East Fjords are angry over the announcement Friday by Minister of Transport and Local Government Jón Gunnarsson to postpone improvements of the bumpy part of the Ring Road in Berufjörður fjord.
Iceland will become the first country in the world to require companies to prove they pay all employees the same, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and nationality.
Residents of the East Fjords closed Ring Road 1 in Berufjörður with 60 vehicles yesterday to protest the postponement of road improvements.
Selling half of the Icelandic state’s share in the country’s banks in coming years could reduce the state’s debt to 10-15 percent of GDP by 2022.
The negotiating committees of Icelandic fishermen and representatives of fisheries met with Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Kartín Gunnarsdóttir last night.
Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir neither plans to intervene in the wage dispute of fishermen and fisheries with provisional legislation nor by changing the tax law.
The Icelandic government has issued an apology to those who suffered abuse at Kópavogshæli, an institution for the disabled, which was operated 1952-1993.
A new government, led by Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, has now officially taken power in Iceland.
The agenda of the new Icelandic government was signed at Gerðarsafn museum in Kópavogur, near Reykjavík, at 2:30 this afternoon.
The party group of the Reform Party convened yesterday to discuss the report on Icelanders’ offshore assets, made public Friday.
The new Independence Party-Reform Party-Bright Future coalition government will be announced tomorrow and the new ministers formally take office on Wednesday. The government agenda is to be presented to the parties’ members tonight and made public tomorrow.
Formal coalition talks between the Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future begin today.
After Pirate Captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir returned the mandate to form a government yesterday afternoon, Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson sent out a statement to the press.
Captain of the Pirate Party Birgitta Jónsdóttir announced shortly before 3 pm today that she intends to return the mandate to lead government formation talks back to President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson at 5 pm today.
Today, it will be determined whether the five parties currently considering forging a government coalition, will launch formal talks. The Pirate Party and Social Democrats have declared themselves willing to take the step, the other three parties remain undecided.
Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, reconvenes today, starting with a sermon at 1:30 pm at Dómkirkjan, the Reykjavík Cathedral.