Dutch military consultancy firm ECA Program has apparently already begun operations in Iceland, and is promising up to 200 news jobs for people in the Reykjanes area.
ECA Program is a company that provides military training and consultation to countries around the world. The Leftist-Greens have been vehemently opposed to the idea of the company beginning operations here, 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.
Ögmundur Jónasson – who oversees the jursidiction that Kristján used to cover – 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.
However, it has been reported that ECA Program is apparently in full swing. They expect to build facilities for housing jets, and have said that up to 200 jobs would be directly created from the project. Fees for the first year alone, Eyjan reports, are estimated to be at 900 million ISK, all of which would go directly into the Icelandic treasury. ECA Program has also offered to assist Iceland with rescue and surveillance efforts, should they so desire.
But little is still known about the work the company has done in the world. Furthermore, they have as yet refused to answer questions regarding 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.