Iceland and the EU

Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

Rising doubts over Iceland's EEA membership

13 Feb "The time has come in my opinion for us in Parliament to take into serious consideration what the position of the EFTA countries is based on the EEA Agreement when such demands are made by the European Union."

Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, chair of the Restoration Party ('Viðreisn').

Pro-EU parties abandon push for fresh EU accession talks

7 Nov The leaders of both the remaining political parties in Iceland's parliament which favour joining the European Union have declared that their policy calling for a referendum on whether to re-apply for EU membership will not be a condition for possible participation in a new government.

Pro-EU influence in Iceland's parliament significantly reduced

1 Nov The general elections in Iceland on October 28 saw the influence of political parties in favour of joining the European Union significantly reduced in the country's parliament. Only eleven MPs out of the total number of 63 now belong to parties with a pro-EU platform.

Fresh poll confirms Iceland's long-standing opposition to EU membership

18 Oct Most Icelanders do not want their country to join the European Union according to an opinion poll produced by Gallup and published on Monday. Membership of the bloc has been opposed in every opinion poll published in Iceland since July 2009 or for more than eight years.

Former central banker Jón Sigurðsson.

Little taste for EU membership in Iceland

17 Apr Much needs to happen for the Icelandic people to change their minds and support membership of the European Union according to Jón Sigurðsson, former president of the Central Bank of Iceland who also once served as the country's Minister of Commerce.

Two-thirds reject EU membership

23 Feb 2017 The majority of Icelanders remain opposed to membership of the European Union (EU) according to a new opinion poll produced by MMR. 54% say they do not support the idea that Iceland should become part of the bloc while 25.9% are in favour.

Bjarni Benediktsson, leader of the Independence Party.

Will not support an EU referendum

6 Jan 2017 Referendum on whether Iceland should re-apply for membership of the European Union would not be in line with the policy of the conservative Independence Party ('Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn') party leader Bjarni Benediktsson said earlier this week.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir.

Pirate slams government’s handling of EU application

9 Feb 2016 “It is beyond me why the government has not kept its pre-election promise to let the people have their say before taking such a monumental step.”

Majority rejects EU membership

3 Feb 2016 The majority of Icelanders are opposed to membership of the European Union according to a fresh opinion poll produced by Gallup for the organisation Já Ísland, which favours membership, and published on Monday.

Styrmir Gunnarsson.

Former editor slams Iceland’s EU “mess”

7 Dec 2015 A former editor of Icelandic national daily Morgunblaðið has criticised the government for failing to honour its electoral promise on a referendum on talks to join the European Union (EU).

Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

"There is no active EU application"

6 Dec 2015 "From my point of view there is no active Icelandic application for membership of the European Union," Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and leader of the conservative Independence Party ('Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn') says to the daily Morgunblaðið.

Photo: Eggert Jó­hann­es­son

Iceland’s EU application possibly still valid

25 Nov 2015 It could be that a new pro-EU government could simply reactivate the 2009 application and pick up negotiations where they were left off. Alternatively, it may have to submit a brand new application.

Six years of opposition to EU membership

31 Aug 2015 One has to go back to late 2008 to find a poll which showed majority support for EU membership among Icelanders.

Ingibjörg E. Guðmundsdóttir, Head of ETSC.

EU slammed for cutting Iceland grant

26 Aug 2015 The European Commission has been criticised for terminating a contract with the Icelandic Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC), after Iceland froze talks to join the Union in 2013.

60% against EU membership

17 Aug 2015 Taking into account only those respondents having taken a stance, opposition to EU membership sits at 59.4%, with support at 40.6%.


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USD USD 99.52 EUR EUR 122.70
GBP GBP 138.93 DKK DKK 16.47
NOK NOK 12.91 SEK SEK 12.16
CHF CHF 104.86 JPY JPY 0.94