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President Barroso discusses Iceland's relations with the EU with Prime Minister Gunnlaugsson

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President Barroso met today with the Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, to exchange views on the country's relations with the EU.

"The Commission respects the decision of the government regarding the accession process. We look forward to clarity on the validity of Iceland's membership application after the parliamentary assessment on European Union accession, which will take place this autumn", said President Barroso after their meeting.

The President reaffirmed the shared interest of both Iceland and the EU to take a decision on Iceland's possible EU membership: "It is in the interest of the European Union and Iceland that a decision is taken on the basis of proper reflection and in an objective, transparent and serene manner. But the clock is ticking, and it is also in the shared interest of us all that this decision is taken without further delay".

The European Commission remains "fully committed to continuing and completing the accession negotiation process" and stands ready to discuss the way forward together with Iceland.

"We consider Iceland as one of our closest partners. I want to reassure you and the people of Iceland once again that we wish to build closer and even more fruitful relations with your country", concluded President Barroso.

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