Iceland's application for membership to the EU

Timeline of events from the Foreign Minister's parliamentary resolution proposal on EU application to today's date.

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2009-05-28 00:00:00

PROPOSAL FOR A PARLIAMENTARY RESOLUTION ON APPLICATION FOR ACCESSION TO THE EU SUBMITTED

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ossur Skarphedinsson, puts forward a proposal to Althingi, the Icelandic Parliament, for a parliamentary resolution on application for accession to the European Union.

2009-07-16 00:00:00

ICELAND'S PARLIAMENT VOTES IN FAVOUR OF APPLYING FOR EU MEMBERSHIP

The Parliament of Iceland votes in favour of applying for membership to the European Union.

2009-07-23 00:00:00

ICELAND SUBMITS FORMAL EU APPLICATION

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ossur Skarphedinsson submits Iceland's formal application for EU membership to Carl Bildt, the President of the EU Council.

2009-07-23 15:40:54

LITHUANIAN PARLIAMENT SUPPORTS ICELAND'S EU APPLICATION

The Lithuanian Parliament, Seimas, agreed today on a parliamentary resolution welcoming and supporting Iceland’s decision to apply for accession to the European Union and inviting other EU member states to support the application.

2009-07-27 00:00:00

ICELAND'S APPLICATION REFERRED TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The Council of Ministers of the European Union, which is composed of foreign ministers of member states, approved unanimously to refer Iceland's application to the European Commission.

2009-09-09 00:00:00

EU QUESTIONNAIRE FOR ICELAND MADE PUBLIC

A questionnaire, presented yesterday by the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Olli Rehn, to the Icelandic Prime Minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, has been made public.

2009-10-22 00:00:00

EU QUESTIONNAIRE ANSWERED

The Icelandic Government submits answers to a questionnaire from the European Commission as part of ongoing preparations for Iceland's application for membership of the EU.

2009-11-02 00:00:00

ICELAND'S CHIEF NEGOTIATOR APPOINTED

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has appointed Ambassador Stefan Haukur Johannesson to serve as Iceland’s Chief negotiator in the upcoming accession negotiations with the European Union.

2009-11-04 00:00:00

ICELAND'S NEGOTIATION COMMITTEE APPOINTED

The Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs has appointed Iceland's negotiation committee for the upcoming accession negotiations with the European Union.

2009-11-11 00:00:00

FIRST MEETING OF ICELAND’S NEGOTIATION COMMITTEE

Iceland’s negotiation committee held its first meeting today in the Culture House as regards the upcoming accession negotiations with the European Union.

2009-12-09 00:00:00

ICELAND’S NEGOTIATION GROUP APPOINTED

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Össur Skarphéðinsson, appointed the groups of ten who will be working with Iceland’s negotiation committee for the upcoming accession negotiations with the European Union.

2010-02-24 00:00:00

ICELAND WELCOMES THE OPINION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ON ICELAND'S EU APPLICATION

Iceland welcomes the opinion of the European Commission on Iceland's EU application for EU membership, which recommends the opening of accession negotiations.

2010-04-22 00:00:00

GERMAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES OPENING ACCESSION TALKS WITH ICELAND

On 22 April 2010, the German Parliament voted in favour of starting EU accession talks with Iceland.

2010-06-17 00:00:00

EUROPEAN COUNCIL DECIDES TO OPEN NEGOTIATIONS WITH ICELAND

The European Council decides that negotiations should be opened for Iceland's accession to the European Union.

2010-07-07 00:00:00

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT SUPPORTS THE DECISION ON ACCESSION NEGOTIATIONS

MEPs of the European Parliament gave support to the EU decision to start negotiations for membership with Iceland in the resolution adopted by the Parliament today.

2010-07-27 00:00:00

ICELAND'S EU ACCESSION NEGOTIATIONS FORMALLY OPENED

Iceland EU accession negotiations formally opened at the first intergovernmental conference in Brussels.

2010-11-09 05:24:04

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ISSUED ITS PROGRESS REPORT ON ICELAND

The European Commission published today a report on the progress of the negotiations between Iceland and the EU for accession to the EU.

2010-11-15 00:00:00

SCREENING PROCESS STARTS

The screening process between Iceland and the EU started with a screening meeting between experts from Iceland and the European Commission to prepare the negotiations on accession of Iceland to the EU.

2011-06-20 00:00:00

SCREENING PROCESS CONCLUDED

During the screening process, experts from Iceland and the European Commission compared and scrutinized legislation in all 33 substantive chapters of the accession negotiations.

2011-06-27 00:00:00

SUBSTANTIVE ACCESSION NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN

It was decided to start the negotiations on the first four chapters of Iceland's accession negotiations. The negotiating position of Iceland on the chapters was submitted.

2011-11-07 00:00:00

CONSULTATIVE GROUP APPOINTED

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Össur Skarphéðinsson appointed today the chairperson and the vice-chairmen of the consultative group for negotiations with the European Union.

2011-12-12 00:00:00

THIRD MEETING OF THE ACCESSION CONFERENCE BETWEEN ICELAND AND THE EU

Discussions took place on five chapters of the accession negotiations, four of which were closed on the same day.

2012-01-19 00:00:00

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN ROMANIA

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson met with his colleagues in Romania.

2012-01-25 00:00:00

MINISTER OF FISHERIES AND AGRICULTURE IN BRUSSELS

Steingrímur J. Sigfússon met with representatives from the European Commission.

2012-01-27 00:00:00

CYPRUS SUPPORTS ICELAND’S APPLICATION

During an official visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson to Cyprus, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, pledged full support of Iceland's application for EU membership during Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union which will commence on July 1, when Cyprus takes over the six-month rotating EU Presidency from Denmark.

2012-02-02 00:00:00

REPORT ON THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SENT TO THE EU

The Ministry for Economic Affairs handed a report on the Icelandic economy (Pre-Accession Economic Programme) to the European Commission.

2012-02-24 00:00:00

FIRST MEETING OF THE CONSULTATIVE GROUP

The consultative group for Iceland‘s accession negotiations with the European Union held its first meeting at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Friday the 24th of February.

2012-03-06 00:00:00

DENMARK SUPPORTS ICELAND’S EU APPLICATION

Nicolai Wammen, the Minister for European Affairs of Denmark, reaffirmed during his visit to Iceland Denmark's full support of Iceland's application for EU membership.

2012-03-07 00:00:00

THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS MET WITH THE FRENCH MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The Minister for Foreign Affairs met with his colleague from France and talked among other things about the status of negotiations between Iceland and the European Union as well as currency issues.

2012-03-14 00:00:00

CONCLUSIONS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ABOUT THE PROGRESS REPORT 2011

The European Parliament adopted today a resolution on the European Commission’s approval of the progress report about negotiations between Iceland and the EU regarding Iceland’s membership.

2012-03-20 00:00:00

ICELAND’S NEGOTIATING POSITION IN SEVEN CHAPTERS PUBLISHED

Iceland's negotiating position in seven chapters of the negotiations between Iceland and the EU was published on the negotiations website esb.utn.is.

2012-03-30 00:00:00

FOUR CHAPTERS OPENED AND TWO CLOSED

The negotiations started on four negotiations chapters between Iceland and the EU during the intergovernmental conference in Brussels.

2012-04-01 00:00:00

SLOWLY AND SURELY

An article by Iceland's Chief negotiator, Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, and both vice-chairmen of Iceland’s negotiation committee, Björg Thorarensen og Þorsteinn Gunnarsson, on the current accession negotiations was published in Fréttablaðið.

2012-04-03 00:00:00

MEETING OF THE JOINT PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE

The joint Parliamentary Committee of the Icelandic Parliament and the European Parliament met in Reykjavík today.

2012-04-30 00:00:00

MINISTER PRESENTS ANNUAL REPORT ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, presented his annual report on foreign affairs to the Icelandic Parliament.

2012-05-03 00:00:00

ICELAND’S NEGOTIATING POSITION IN CHAPTERS 1 AND 14 PUBLISHED

Iceland's negotiating position in chapter 1 on free movement of goods and in chapter 14 on transport policy was published today on the negotiations website esb.utn.is.

2012-05-11 00:00:00

A SCHEDULED PROGRAMME FOR REGIONAL AND LOCAL POLICIES

A timed action plan on preperation for regional matters, will Iceland join the EU, has been handed to the Commission and EU member states.

2012-05-24 00:00:00

VISIT OF STEFAN FÜLE IN ICELAND

Stefan Füle, the European Commissioner for Enlargement, started his visit in Iceland today. Mr. Füle met the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and the consultative group before he went on a trip in the South of Iceland.

2012-06-22 06:29:50

Three chapters opened

Negotiations on three chapters were launched this morning in Iceland's accession talks with the European Union in an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) in Brussels.

2012-09-17 23:19:04

Foreign Minister of Cyprus meets with Minister Skarphéðinsson

The Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, is on an official visit to Iceland today.

2012-09-28 23:19:05

Commissioner Hahn discusses regional policy in Iceland

Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy is in Iceland to dicuss Iceland‘s regional issues and how EU Regional Policy could help Iceland in the future.

2012-10-10 23:19:04

Positive progress report on Iceland

The European Commission today published a progress report on the status in Iceland‘s accession negotiations with the European Union.

2012-10-15 23:19:04

Opening benchmarks on agriculture and rural development fulfilled

Opening benchmarks, which were set for Chapter 11 on Agriclulture and rural development for Iceland‘s accession talks with the European Union, have been fulfilled by the Icelandic authorities.

2012-10-22 23:19:04

EU prepared for negotiations on Chapters 3 and 4

Iceland has received a confirmation from the EU Council Presidency, Cyprus, that EU considers Iceland prepared for negotiations on Chapter 3, Right of establishment and Freedom to provide services and Chapter 4 on Free movement of capital.

2012-10-24 23:19:04

2/3rd of negotiating chapters opened

Negotiations on three chapters were launched this morning in Iceland's accession talks with the European Union at an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) in Brussels.

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