Visit of Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Icelandic Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Icelandic Prime Minister. During the joint press conference José Manuel Barroso notably highlighted that the EC respected the decision of the Icelandic government regarding the accession process. He added that they were looking forward to clarity on the validity of Iceland's membership application after the parliamentary assessment on its EU accession, to be held in Autumn 2013. The President then reaffirmed the shared interest of both Iceland and the EU to take a decision on the possible EU membership of the country. José Manuel Barroso concluded by saying that the EU considered Iceland as one of its closest partners.