Iceland needs to strengthen legal system for EU membership

iceland-sattelite21The European Commission recommended that Icelandic should become one of the EU’s official languages in a statement on Iceland’s EU accession talks.

The statement continued that Iceland would need to strengthen the independence of its judiciary and to make new laws to prevent conflicts of interest between the public and private sectors and their employees.

The European Commission believes Iceland should be allowed to begin accession talks; but the final decision rests with the combined prime ministers and presidents of existing EU states. They next meet in March.

Large swathes of Iceland’s laws are already in accordance with EU regulation due to its membership of the EEA and Schengen.

Among the areas that do not fall under the EEA or Schengen are fisheries, agriculture and environmental and financial policy and Iceland would need to adapt its laws in theses areas, Visir.is reports.

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