From Iceland — Military Contractor Not Answering Questions

Military Contractor Not Answering Questions

Published September 15, 2010

Dutch military consultancy firm ECA Program has still not answered questions posed to them by members of the Icelandic press with regards to their planned activities in this country.
ECA Program – which wants to establish a base of operations in Iceland – is a company that provides military training and consultation to countries around the world. The Leftist-Greens have been vehemently opposed to the idea, but former Minister of Transportation and Communications Kristján Möller apparently told the Civil Aviation Authority to give ECA the green light to begin work in Iceland. The matter is now on hold as Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson – who oversees the jursidiction that Kristján used to cover – has yet to announced a decision.
Vísir reports they received a tip that despite this, ECA Program has already been looking for employees. On 3 September, they sent questions to ECA Program asking them to confirm or deny this tip, as well as asking them how ECA Program is financed, what work experience the corporate heads have, and whether or not ECA has already begun trying to set up business contacts in Iceland.
None of these questions have yet been answered.
Ögmundur recently said that his main concern was whether or not “the work [ECA Program does] is in harmony with the government position on a peaceful foreign policy”, adding that very little is known about the work ECA Program actually conducts.

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