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Overseas absentee voting for the Local Government Elections - 9.4.2014

Overseas absentee voting for the Local Government Elections of 31 May 2014 will begin on 7 April and ballots can be cast in all Icelandic embassies abroad and in the offices of consuls-general.

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Minister Sveinsson meets with Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs - 26.3.2014

The  Foreign  Minister  of  Iceland,  Mr.  Gunnar  Bragi Sveinsson, and the Minister  of EEA and EU Affairs of Norway, Mr. Vidar Helgesen, met today in Reykjavík.

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Minister's report on Foreign Policy and International Affairs to Parliament - 20.3.2014

Today Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, submitted his report on Foreign Policy and International Affairs to Althingi. MORE...

Foreign Minister expresses concerns over illegitimate referendum in Crimea - 14.3.2014

The Government of Iceland supports the statement made by the EU and G-7 states calling on the Russian Federation to cease support for the forthcoming referendum as it contravenes international agreements and does not uphold basic standards for democratic elections. MORE...

Serious concerns regarding how agreement on mackerel was reached - 13.3.2014

By exceeding  the recommendations made by ICES, Iceland believes the agreement jeopardizes sustainable use of the mackerel stock MORE...

The Icelandic Government's policy priorities on Europe - 11.3.2014

The new policy prioritises efficient implementation of the EEA Agreement, continued active relations with the EU and its Member States and Iceland's earlier involvement in the shaping of EU rules

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Iceland participates in OSCE‘s mission to Ukraine - 7.3.2014

Mr Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has decided to deploy an Icelandic civilian delegate to participate in a visit to Ukraine organised by the OSCE participating states upon a request from authorities in Kiev. The OSCE team consists of 43 representatives from 23 OSCE participating nations.  MORE...

Condemnation of military activity in Crimea  - 3.3.2014

Icelandic authorities strongly emphasize that Russian military activities in Ukraine must cease without delay and international law must be respected, says Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson. 

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Parliamentary proposal on withdrawal of Iceland's EU application - 25.2.2014

A proposal has been put forward in Parliament on the withdrawal of Iceland‘s application for accession to the European Union and on entrusting the Government with strengthening cooperation with the EU and the European states

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Foreign Minister deplores signing of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill - 24.2.2014

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, deplores that the President of Uganda has signed an Anti-Homosexuality Bill which further criminalizes homosexuality and makes it punishable by up to life imprisonment.

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Alarm at the situation in Ukraine - 20.2.2014

Iceland joins other participating States of the OSCE, including member states of the European Union, in expressing alarm at the situation in Ukraine MORE...

Assessment of the status of EU accession negotiations - 18.2.2014

The Institute of Economic Studies at the University of Iceland has now delivered its report on the assessment of the status of accession negotiations between Iceland and the European Union and developments within the EU. MORE...

Joint meeting of Nordic Foreign and Defence Ministers in Keflavík - 12.2.2014

The discussions focused on recent developments in the Nordic security cooperation, practical cooperation in the Arctic, NATO partnerships as well as cooperation in international crisis management. MORE...
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Parliament adopts Iceland-China Free Trade Agreement - 30.1.2014

The Free Trade Agreement will enter into force when legal procedures of acceptance in both countries have been concluded.

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Cooperation with the Fulbright Commission in Arctic studies - 28.1.2014

Through this agreement the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will fund US scholars to teach and conduct research in Arctic issues at Icelandic universities over the next three years.

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Nordic solidarity in a changing world - 8.1.2014

A joint article by Foreign Ministers Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson of Iceland and Erkki Tuomioja of Finland on Nordic Security and co-operation, published in Fréttablaðið and Turun Sanomat.

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Nordic Playlist: The new path to Nordic music - 8.1.2014

A new online platform compiling the most influential and cutting edge music from the Nordic countries was launched this week on the web. The Nordic Playlist is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers, chaired in 2014 by Iceland. MORE...