The European union (EU) is pushing Iceland’s new Progressive Party-led government for a decision on whether they plan on resuming talks to join the union.
The new government has said previously that the decision whether or not to continue talks with the EU is not a priority and is not currently on the agenda. However Iceland’s negotiations are on the agenda of the EU.
“It is in the interest of us all tat the decision is not taken in an unlimited period of time,” EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule said to Bloomberg Businessweek.
Iceland’s Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, countered that the lack of a clear decision on his party’s plans to continue talks with the EU or not is just part of the democratic process, as the Progressive Party made it a campaign promise to keep Iceland out of the EU. “That is exactly how democracy works. We are going to assess a number of things. There has been no decision made about dates for a referendum.”