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Nordic Council of Ministers to hold Energy and climate day at Shanghai World EXPO 2010 - 15.12.2009

The Nordic Council of Ministers is to hold a Nordic- Chinese Energy and Climate Day on the 25th of June 2010 at the Shanghai World Expo, bringing together ministers, business leaders, researchers and other key stakeholders from China and the Nordic region.

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EFTA Surveillance Authority´s preliminary findings regarding a complaint concerning Iceland´s Emergency Act No 125/2008 - 8.12.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) presented its preliminary findings in a letter dated 4 December 2009 on a complaint raised by a group of general creditors of the Icelandic banks Glitnir bank, Kaupthing bank, Landsbanki Islands, SPRON and Sparisjodabanki Islands MORE...

Iceland's negotiation committee appointed - 4.11.2009

The Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs has appointed Iceland's negotiation committee for the upcoming accession negotiations with the European Union. Ambassador Stefan Haukur Johannesson is the Chief negotiator and will lead the negotiation committee. The negotiation committee consists of the Chief negotiator, 10 chairpersons of individual negotiation teams and seven other members. MORE...
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Foreign Minister appoints Chief negotiator - 2.11.2009

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has appointed Ambassador Stefan Haukur Johannesson to serve as Iceland's Chief negotiator in the upcoming accession negotiations with the European Union

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The Icelandic Government submits answers to a Questionnaire from the European Commission - 22.10.2009

All ministries and a number of agencies contributed to this effort, which resulted in more than 2600 pages of answers, in addition to annexes and attachments, 8870 pages in total. The answers will form the basis for the Commission?s opinion to the European Council regarding Iceland?s readiness for formal candidate status. MORE...
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Foreign Minister discusses economic crisis and climate change at UN General Assembly - 28.9.2009

Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ossur Skarphedinsson, discussed the effects of the economic crisis in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Saturday 26 September. The Minister conveyed Iceland's deep dissatisfaction with ongoing delays on reviewing the Stand-By Arrangement with the International Monetary Fund due to unrelated bilateral disputes. MORE...

Icelandic Foreign Minister meets with British and Dutch counterparts - 26.9.2009

Ossur Skarphedinsson, David Miliband and Maxime Verhagen discussed the Icesave issue on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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Foreign Minister attending UN General Assembly - 23.9.2009

Ossur Skarphedinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, will address the General Assembly on Saturday, 26 September

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Icelandic Foreign Minister meets with IMF chief - 23.9.2009

Ossur Skarphedinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, met yesterday with Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the IMF in New York

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Spanish Foreign Minister says Iceland has much to contribute in the EU - 18.9.2009

Iceland's Foreign Minister, Ossur Skarphedinsson, met with his Spanish counterpart, Miguel Angel Moratinos, yesterday evening at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. MORE...

EU questionnaire for Iceland made public - 9.9.2009

A questionnaire, presented yesterday by the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Olli Rehn, to the Icelandic Prime Minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, has been made public. The questionnaire includes 2,500 questions in 33 chapters. MORE...

Nordic and Baltic Foreign Ministers meet in Iceland - 24.8.2009

Ossur Skarphedinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, chaired an annual meeting of Nordic and Baltic Foreign Ministers in Iceland MORE...

Joint declaration of Nordic and Baltic Foreign Ministers - 21.8.2009

The Nordic and Baltic Foreign Ministers call upon the Sri Lankan Government to solve the humanitarian crisis

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Össur Skarphéðinsson, Foreign Minister of Iceland meets Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General

NATO Secretary General visits Iceland - 19.8.2009

First visit of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, new Secretary General, to a NATO member country. MORE...

Open debate in the Security Council on "Women and peace and security" and Security Council resolution 1820 - 7.8.2009

Statement by Mr. Jón Erlingur Jónasson, Deputy Permanent Representative.

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French Minister for European Affairs visits Iceland - 29.7.2009

Pierre Lellouche French Minister for European Affairs and Icelandic Foreign Minister discuss Iceland's EU application.

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Skarphedinsson welcomes decision of EU Foreign Ministers - 27.7.2009

Foreign Ministers of the EU have invited the Commission to prepare an opinion on Iceland's preparedness to enter negotiations on accession. MORE...
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Lithuanian Parliament supports Iceland's EU application - 23.7.2009

The Lithuanian Parliament, Seimas, agreed today on a parliamentary resolution welcoming and supporting Iceland’s decision to apply for accession to the European Union and inviting other EU member states to support the application. MORE...
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Iceland submits formal EU application in Stockholm - 23.7.2009

Foreign Minister Össur Skarphéðinsson submitted today a formal application for accession to the EU to Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt in Stockholm. MORE...

Foreign Ministers of Iceland and Sweden meet in Stockholm - 22.7.2009

Ossur Skarphedinsson will formally hand over Iceland's EU application at a meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. MORE...

Iceland submits an application for accession to the EU - 17.7.2009

An advanced copy of Iceland's application for accession to the European Union has been submitted to the Swedish government, which currently holds the EU Presidency MORE...

Iceland's Parliament votes in favour of applying for EU membership - 16.7.2009

The Parliament of Iceland voted today in favour of applying for membership of the European Union. This follows a resolution proposal submitted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs MORE...

The World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development - 1.7.2009

Statement by Mr. Emil Breki Hreggvidsson, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations.

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Tenth Meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea - 23.6.2009

Statement by Ambassador Gunnar Pálsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations.

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Energy, Efficiency, Energy Conservation and New and Renwable Sources of Energy - 23.6.2009

Statement by Ambassador Gunnar Pálsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations.

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Meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Nordic Countries - 9.6.2009

Declaration from the meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affaris of the Nordic Countries in Reykjavik 8-9 June 2009 MORE...

Nordic Foreign Ministers meet in Reykjavik - 8.6.2009

The five Ministers will discuss the Stoltenberg report on Nordic foreign and security policy cooperation and international issues

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Climate change and its possible security implications - 3.6.2009

Statement by the Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, Ambassador Gunnar Pálsson.

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Foreign minister visits Malta, discusses EU - 2.6.2009

Ossur Skarphedinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs has today and yesterday visited Malta where he met with Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and Foreign Minister Tonio Borg.

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A proposal for a parliamentary resolution on application for accession to the European Union - 27.5.2009

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ossur Skarphedinsson, will put forward a proposal for a parliamentary resolution on application

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Foreign Minister strongly condemns North Korea's nuclear test - 25.5.2009

The Icelandic Government's clear position is against any use of nuclear weapons or actions likely to promote proliferation.

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Icelandic Embassies will be point of contact for tourism related information - 22.5.2009

The Icelandic Foreign Service, the Trade Council of Iceland and the Icelandic Tourist Board increase cooperation. MORE...

Foreign Minister participates in the EEA Council meeting - 20.5.2009

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ossur Skarphedinsson also met with Ministerial colleagues and representatives of the European Commission.

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Iceland donates 5 million IKR in emergency relief in Sri Lanka - 15.5.2009

Ossur Skarphedinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, urges the Government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers to ensure that the civilian population is protected in the fighting.

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Iceland responds to UK Treasury Select Committee's report in a letter to MPs - 12.5.2009

Iceland's Ambassador in London has sent a letter, on behalf of the Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson, to all Members of the United Kingdom Parliament MORE...

Icelandic Foreign Minister makes a formal complaint on British PM's comments - 8.5.2009

The Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ossur Skarphedinsson, today made a formal complaint on comments made by the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, during a session of Parliamentary question time

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Icelandic Press Officer to join UNICEF in Sudan - 27.4.2009

The Icelandic Crisis Response Unit has deployed a press officer, Mr. Steinar Sveinsson, for two months, to UNICEF in Sudan. MORE...

Code of Conduct for the Foreign Service - 17.4.2009

This is the first Code of Conduct to be issued by an Icelandic Ministry, though the Government has recently set up a working group to establish a general Code of Conduct for the civil service as a whole.

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Iceland comments on EC proposals for restructuring of financial markets supervision in Europe - 17.4.2009

Iceland has sent the European Commission comments on the Commission?s proposals on addressing the financial meltdown and the actions necessary to remedy the crisis. MORE...

Iceland and Dominica to cooperate on geothermal energy - 16.4.2009

Iceland and the Commonwealth of Dominica have signed a memorandum of understanding on geothermal energy cooperation. MORE...

Iceland's Foreign Minister concerned regarding N-Korea's missile launch - 6.4.2009

The Icelandic Foreign Minister fully supports calls from the international community that North-Korea respects its international commitments and engages in talks with other states.

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NATO summit welcomes Iceland's initiative on the High North - 6.4.2009

Iceland's Foreign Minister urges NATO to increase its role in the High North but cautions against increased military presence in the area.

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Iceland's FM and US President discuss geothermal energy - 6.4.2009

President Obama designates a special contact for Iceland on cooperation in the field of geothermal energy

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UK Treasury Committe publishes report on failure of Icelandic Banks - 4.4.2009

The Treasure Committe of the House of Commons has published a report examining the consequences of the failure of the Icelandic banks in October 2008. The report is the first in a series on the Banking Crisis. MORE...

Foreign Minister attending NATO anniversary Summit - 2.4.2009

Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ossur Skarphedinsson, will attend the 60th anniversary NATO Summit, MORE...
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Foreign Ministers of Iceland and UK meet in London - 31.3.2009

The Icelandic Foreign Minister, Mr Ossur Skarphedinsson, and the Foreign Secretary, Mr David Miliband MP, met in London on 31 March 2009 MORE...
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Increased cooperation in promoting Iceland and Icelandic products - 27.3.2009

Cooperation Agreement between the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Icelandic Tourist Board and the Trade Council of Iceland on Promote Iceland MORE...

Report on Nordic Development and Humanitarian Programmes - 26.3.2009

A report on Nordic development and humanitarian programmes in Afghanistan has been published MORE...

Absentee voting for Parliamentary elections begins - 13.3.2009

Absentee voting for the 25 April Parliamentary elections in Iceland will begin on Monday, 16 March 2009. MORE...