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  • Iceland walks out on EU membership talks

    EU Priorities 2020 23-08-2013

    Iceland said yesterday (22 August) that a recent election which brought eurosceptic parties to power had been interpreted by constitutional advisors as a signal to stop EU accession talks.

  • Herring loss sparks EU-Faroe Island trade spat

    Agrifood 21-08-2013

    The Faroe Islands government has reacted furiously to an EU decision to ban its fish exports to the Union. While the EU accuses the Faroes of overfishing, the small archipelago, which has Danish sovereignty, is threatening to jeopardise multilateral negotiations on herring quota allocations.

  • Barroso tells Iceland to make up its mind on joining the EU

    Enlargement 17-07-2013

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso told the new eurosceptic prime minister of Iceland yesterday (16 July) that his country should decide “without further delay” if it wanted to continue accession negotiations, or abandon plans to join the EU.

  • Iceland’s new leaders to halt EU accession talks pending referendum

    Enlargement 23-05-2013

    The new eurosceptic government in Iceland has announced a halt to the country’s EU accession talks, until Icelanders vote in a referendum within the next four years on whether they want membership negotiations to continue.

  • Icelandic anti-EU parties begin talks to form government

    Elections 29-04-2013

    Iceland's anti-EU centre-right parties began talks yesterday (28 April) to form a new administration, promising to end years of austerity and provide debt relief to households, but haggling over which one of them will lead the government continues.

  • Iceland lowers mackerel quota to appease EU

    Enlargement 04-02-2013

    Iceland has lowered its mackerel quota in a move that could ease the risk of the European Union barring Icelandic fishermen from its ports.

  • EU threatens to punish Norway for breaching EEA agreement

    Trade & Society 30-01-2013

    Norway is failing to live up to its obligations as a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), including imposing extra taxes on EU products and not implementing more than 400 directives, according to an EU report to be published later this year.

  • Iceland wins court case against UK, Dutch savers

    Euro & Finance 28-01-2013

    The court of the European Free trade Area (EFTA) has ruled today (28 January) in favour of the Icelandic bank Icesave in a row over compensations to hundreds of thousands of savers from the UK and the Netherlands who lost their money when the bank collapsed in late 2008.

  • Iceland denies death of EU accession talks

    Elections 17-01-2013

    Iceland’s ambassador to Brussels has denied reports that accession talks with the European Union were dead, telling EURACTIV that only the thorniest negotiating points are on hold until after upcoming elections.

  • Icelanders back first ‘crowdsourced constitution’

    Digital 22-10-2012

    Iceland residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new Constitution written by a Constitutional Council of 25 citizens who gathered feedback through social media. 

  • Commission proposes candidate status for Albania

    Enlargement 10-10-2012

    In its yearly status report on the progress EU hopefuls are making towards membership, the European Commission has good news for Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. The report - published today (10 October) - also calls for a resumption of negotiations with EU candidate Turkey that are stalled because of the long-running territorial dispute with Cyprus.

  • Iceland under pressure to stop EU accession bid

    Enlargement 18-04-2012

    Political pressure is growing on Iceland's Parliament to halt accession talks with the EU, or at least review the negotiation procedure, because of the European Commission's involvement in the legal dispute between Reykjavik and British and Dutch authorities over the Icesave case.

  • MEPs scrutinise EU hopefuls ‘case by case’

    Enlargement 15-03-2012

    The European Parliament adopted yesterday (14 March) resolutions on three countries, representing extremes in terms of their EU accession process: Iceland, which moves on a fast track; Macedonia, the accession talks of which are blocked for a seventh year due to a conflict with Greece; and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the reform process is stalled.

  • Iceland puts former PM on trial over crisis

    Euro & Finance 06-03-2012

    Iceland began the trial yesterday (5 March) of former Prime Minister Geir Haarde for failing to prevent a 2008 financial crash, thought to be the only prosecution in the world of a political leader over the crisis.

  • Iceland offers to help EU fisheries reform

    Climate change 24-02-2012

    There are many good things that you can say about the EU, but the common fisheries policies has not been successful in fulfilling its objective, the Ambassador of Iceland to the EU, Mr. Thorir Ibsen told EURACTIV. He said there was "nothing wrong" that Iceland, an EU candidate, would help this reform, as it has "more experience in this field than the EU".

  • Iceland opens labour market to Bulgarians, Romanians

    Enlargement 06-01-2012

    Iceland has opened its doors to Bulgarian and Romanian workers, giving them the same rights of free movement and employment that other EU citizens have in the European Economic Area.

  • Danish presidency dampens Serbian EU hopes

    Enlargement 23-11-2011

    Denmark's permanent representative to the EU said today (23 November) that he does not foresee the start of accession talks with Serbia under the coming Danish presidency, despite high expectations created in Belgrade by the arrest of war crimes fugitives.

  • Iceland sets record in EU accession talks

    Enlargement 28-06-2011

    Iceland started EU accession negotiations yesterday (27 June), opening four chapters and immediately closing two of them in a turn of events hailed as "something new" in the EU's history. All negotiating chapters are expected to be opened within a year, announced the country's foreign minister, Oessur Skarphedinsson.

  • Iceland kick-starts EU accession talks

    Enlargement 16-06-2011

    Iceland is set to launch detailed European Union accession talks at the end of the month, EU diplomats said yesterday (15 June), setting off a process that could take several years and hit snags over fishing rules and debt.

  • Britain, Netherlands to take Iceland to court

    Brexit 11-04-2011

    Britain and the Netherlands plan to sue EU candidate Iceland in a potentially drawn-out legal battle to recover $5 billion (3.46 billion euro) lost in a bank crash after Icelandic voters rejected a plan to repay the money.

  • EU to block mackerel landings from Icelandic boats

    Enlargement 18-01-2011

    The European Union will block landings of mackerel from Icelandic boats at EU ports in a dispute over fishing quotas, a European Commission spokesman has revealed.

  • Commission seeks public support for further enlargement

    Enlargement 10-11-2010

    By making a success of further enlargement, as well as improving its public perception, the EU will be able to better address the many other challenges which it faces, argues the European Commission's enlargement strategy for 2010-2011, unveiled yesterday (9 November).

  • Most Icelanders want EU membership talks

    Enlargement 29-09-2010

    Two thirds of Icelanders are in favour of continuing European Union membership talks, according to a poll published on Tuesday, representing a rebound since June when the opposite was almost the case.

  • Aviation experts gather in Iceland to assess volcano risks

    Transport 20-08-2010

    Aviation and aerospace experts will meet in Iceland next month to coordinate the global response to future volcanic eruptions, Icelandic officials said on Wednesday (18 August).

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