President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and his spouse Dorrit Moussaieff are currently participating in the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting. On Sunday, he took part in a debate on climate change and economic development at the New York Forum.
Progressive Party MPs Willum Þór Þórsson and Frosti Sigurjónsson stated at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, yesterday evening that the party’s parliamentarians had issued a formal disclaimer to the changes to the taxation system as presented in the budget bill.
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson stated yesterday in response to a formal diplomatic protest against commercial whaling in Iceland that the nations involved in the protest should take a critical look at their own issues, such as pollution and human rights.
Several Chinese media outlets reported this morning that Ma Jisheng, who served as China’s ambassador to Iceland from 2012 until the beginning of this year, and his wife, Zhong Yue, have been arrested on suspicion of having leaked information to Japanese authorities.
Former assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, who has been charged with leaking confidential information to the media, is demanding that the court case against him, filed at Reykjavík District Court yesterday, be dismissed.
A formal diplomatic protest, known as a démarche, was yesterday delivered to the Icelandic Government Offices in Reykjavík.
The ongoing eruption in Holuhraun has had a widespread effect, even influencing Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s keynote speech at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, which reconvened on Tuesday.
Legal experts believe that the position of Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir in the leak affair, as stated in her response to the Ombudsman of Alþingi’s letter from August 25, posted on the ministry’s website on Tuesday, is based on a misunderstanding.
Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson presented the government’s 2015 budget bill when parliament reconvened after the summer break on Tuesday.
The 144th legislative parliamentary session at Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, formally began this afternoon with a sermon in Reykjavík Cathedral. Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson presented his budget bill.
MP for the Left-Greens Ögmundur Jónasson plans to submit a bill for a referendum on Iceland’s membership to NATO when parliament reconvenes for the autumn.
The latest opinion poll conducted by daily newspaper Fréttablaðið found that 67 percent of respondents would like Icelandic Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir to step down in light of the so-called ‘leak affair.’
Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir defended her position in television interviews on Stöð 2’s Ísland í dag and RÚV’s Kastljós yesterday evening, denying having been in violation of regulations.
Former Chief of Police Stefán Eiríksson maintains that Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir had threatened to have the police’s and state prosecutor’s work methods in the affair investigated upon the investigation’s completion.
Independence Party MPs declared their support for Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir at a party meeting in Vestmannaeyjar yesterday. Hanna Birna has been under fire in recent months following the leak of information about an asylum seeker from her ministry in November.
Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson reappointed Már Guðmundsson as governor of the Central Bank of Iceland for five years on Friday.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson responded to a letter by Ombudsman of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament on Friday, asking whether his government had agreed on ethical regulations for its ministers.
Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, is facing charges for having leaked information about the asylum seeker Tony Omos to the media last year. Charges against him were issued by the state prosecutor on Friday afternoon.
Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, who has previously voiced his opposition to the importation of fresh meat on the grounds of growth hormone use abroad, has expressed an added fear of the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, which causes the disease Toxoplasmosis.
Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who left Iceland this morning after a two day visit with government officials, said at a press conference yesterday that Iceland played a “crucial” role in NATO.
Former vice president of the United States, Al Gore, was reportedly among the attendees of an annual exclusive conference on sustainable initiatives at Vatnsdalsá in Northwest Iceland.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the departing Secretary General of NATO, today met with Icelandic officials, including Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, in preparation for the 2014 NATO summit.
Sóley Tómasdóttir, the Left-Green Movement’s representative on Reykjavík City Council and the council’s chairperson, has been appointed ‘bacon ambassador’ by the Icelandic Bacon Brotherhood.