Ministerial Accession Conference with Iceland: extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 12/12/2011 First transmission: 12/12/2011
On 12 December, Maciej Szpunar, Polish Under-Secretary of State and President in office of the Council, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and H.E. Mr. Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland, announced further progress made in the accession negotiations with Iceland.
Maciej Szpunar stated that today they managed to opened four chapters on: Company law, Enterprise and industrial policy, Trans-European networks, Judicial and fundamental rights and Financial and budgetary previsions.
Since the official opening of the negotiations in July 2010, of 32 chapters, eleven chapters have now be opened and eight of them are already provisionally closed.
The Presidency and the Commission underlined the remarkable achievements made in the negotiations with Iceland in a rather short time.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Maciej Szpunar, Polish Under-Secretary of State and President in office of the Council: It is my great pleasure to inform that today we were able to open and provisionally close four chapters namely: Company law, Enterprise and industrial policy, Trans-European networks and Judicial and fundamental rights, as well as opening one another chapter Financial and budgetary previsions. I would like to recall that two other chapters were opened and provisionally closed in October namely Free movements for workers and Intellectual property law. Opening seven chapters and provisionally closing six of them is a very good result for the second half of this year. It confirms a substantial progress in the accession negotiations.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: Perhaps even more importantly we also today provisionally closed four of these chapters. It demonstrates again the extent to which Iceland shares the value of the EU and its integrated market. The benefits that Iceland enjoys as a result in terms of job creation and competitiveness can be further enhanced by full integration. Overall since the official opening of the negotiations in July 2010, so far eleven chapters have now be opened and eight of them are already provisionally closed.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) H.E. Mr. Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland: It is remarkable that today we opened and closed quite a few chapters. And when you look back, you can see that in this rather short time we now opened close to one third of the chapters that we have to negotiate. And we have closed more than one fifth. That is indeed a remarkable achievement.
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