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Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

New Interior Minister Appointed Next Week

Chair of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson said at a parliamentary party meeting yesterday that he hoped that a new minister of the interior would be appointed next week. Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir announced her resignation on Friday.

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Interior Minister: Decision to Quit Was Personal

Former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir released a statement yesterday afternoon confirming the news that she had requested to be released from her duties as minister because of the leak affair. However, the decision was personal, not political, she says.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Leak Affair: Interior Minister to Resign Today

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir will step down today, as reported just now. According to the sources of national broadcaster RÚV, the minister is planning to take a break from politics and return to parliament in January. It’s unclear who will replace her.

Icelandic flag

MP Wants Changes to Icelandic Flag Law

MP for the Progressive Party Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir would like the law on displaying the Icelandic flag changed. “I’m suggesting that the flag could be up, for example, during the summer, the brightest time of year,” she told Bylgjan radio on Wednesday, adding that she would like the...

Former assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Leak Affair: Police Sent Report to Minister’s Assistant

Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former political assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, received the Suðurnes police’s transcript of their questioning of asylum seeker Tony Omos the same day the police department’s chief had sent Gísli a statement on the progress of the case’...

fishermen at work

Iceland Not Invited to Mackerel Debate Meeting

Delegates of the Faroe Islands, Norway and the European Union will meet in Bergen, Norway, to discuss the division of the mackerel fishing quota, which has long been debated, next week. The three parties have reached an agreement between themselves. Iceland was not invited to the meeting.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Minister has Party’s Support, Opposition Calls for Resignation

Interior Minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir is facing renewed calls from opposition leaders to step down and assume responsibility for her former assistant Gísli Freyr Valdórsson after he confessed on Tuesday to leaking confidential and sensitive information about an asylum seeker in November...

Foreign Minister of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson and UNU Rector David Malone sign an agreement in Tokyo on November 12, 2014.

Iceland’s Foreign Minister Visits UN University

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson visited the United Nations University (UNU) headquarters in Tokyo yesterday. He met with Rector of UNU David Malone and discussed the university’s operations. At the occasion, a new five-year agreement on the Geothermal Training...

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Support for Government at Record Low

Support for the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government is at a record low at 33 percent, according to the latest MMR poll published yesterday. Support for the government in the last poll, conducted on October 21, measured 34.3 percent.

EU referendum protest

Six Thousand Expected at Anti-Government Protest

Close to 6,000 people are expected to attend a protest against the actions of the government in Austurvöllur square at 5 pm today. As of 10 am, 5,700 people had accepted an invitation to attend the protest on the Facebook page Mótmælum aðgerðum ríkisstjórnarinnar.

Keflavík

Southwest Iceland Community Heavily Indebted

Reykjanesbær municipality in Southwest Iceland, including Keflavík, is in debt by more than ISK 40 billion (USD 327 million, EUR 260 million), as revealed when a report by KPMG on the community’s finances was presented at a public meeting yesterday evening.

Cows

Changes Proposed to Pricing in Dairy Industry

Sixteen MPs of the Social Democratic Alliance, Bright Future and the Pirate Party submitted a bill in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, this week on amendments to the law on price consultation in the dairy industry. The current law is being criticized for hindering competition.

Traditional Icelandic food

Iceland Taken to Court over Product Information Rules

Iceland has failed to implement a directive on labeling and standard product information on energy consumption into its national legislation before the June 1, 2013 deadline, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) announced yesterday. Therefore, the matter will be brought before the EFTA Court....

Supermarket

Finance Ministry Said to Underestimate Cost of Food

The consumer standard used by the Icelandic Ministry of Finance in its calculations on which a bill on changes to the VAT system are based must be reviewed, according to deputy MP for the Independence Party Bryndís Loftsdóttir, who reasons that the ministry is assuming too low amounts for...

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