Conference on Iceland's Accession to the EU: extracts by Nicolai WAMMEN, Danish Minister for European Affairs, Štefan FÜLE, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, and Össur SKARPHÉÐINSSON, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC
End production: 22/06/2012 First transmission: 22/06/2012
On 22 June, Nicolai Wammen, Danish Minister for European Affairs, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Össur Skarphedinsson, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs held a press conference on the progress made by Iceland on the path towards EU accession.
Štefan Füle underlined the impressive efforts made by Iceland that is the fastest candidates since 2006 to fulfil the requested criteria.
Today seven chapters were opened and two provisional closed. 'Iceland is on the right track when it comes to the EU accession', added Nicolai Wammen.
Iceland submitted its application for EU membership to the Council in July 2009. And the Commission adopted its opinion on Iceland's application for membership on 24 February 2010.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Nicolai Wammen, Danish Minister for European Affairs and President in office of the Council: The aim of the Danish Presidency has been to make has much progress as possible in the enlargement negotiations with Iceland. With a result today with 7 openings and 2 provisional closings on important negotiating chapters, I believe we have succeeded in that. Iceland is on the right track when it comes to the EU accession.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: Only one year after the first chapters have been opened, we have now an impressive balance of 18 chapters opened which 10 have been provisionally closed. And this is a very good achievement and this is actually more than that. This is the fastest any candidate's move since 2006 when we adopted the renewed consensus on enlargement.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Össur Skarphedinsson Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs: It will be a difficult problem, it will take time. And therefore, the sooner we can start tackling it, the better. Fishing nations like Iceland is something that the EU hasn't counted before you never had a country that applies for the membership of the EU where fishing is such a big issue.
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