Visit of Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, to Štefan Füle: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Press conference - summary
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 13 June 2013, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, received the visit of Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, in Brussels. They discussed the future cooperation between the EU and Iceland after the new government changed its approach to the accession negotiations. This video shows extracts of the press briefing given by Štefan Füle and Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson following their meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the press conference
||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): We had a good and constructive discussion. I have enquired about the intentions of the new government of Iceland regarding European Union-Iceland relations. I have stressed that we respect the new approach to the accession process by the Icelandic government.
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||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): I recalled that we remain fully committed to continuing and completing the process. Because our position has been clear all along: The unanimous decision of the European Union to open accession negotiations remains valid; We remain convinced about the benefits of close European Union- Iceland ties; and we find the accession process to be the best framework for it. We do not only have the will, but also the capacity to see it through.
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||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): It is in the interest of the European Union and Iceland that the decision is taken on the basis of proper reflection. However, it is also in the interest of us all that this decision is not taken in an unlimited period of time.
||Soundbite by Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson (in ENGLISH): My main goal here is to express and to tell the Commission that the new government has taken its decision to put these negotiations on hold. There is nothing else in that decision; We are part of Europe and we would like to do what we can to strengthen our relation in other ways and now I will go back to Iceland and tell the government from our meeting and I will express what the talks were about, they were very fruitful and keen and I thank you for that Mr Füle.
||General view of the press conference