Iceland’s EU accession bid enters new phase

A new stage has begun in Iceland’s accession process to the European Union when the official review process began in Brussels today.

Stefan Haukur Johannesson, the leader of the Icelandic accession negotiation committee, told RUV that the review process is an extremely important part of the accession process and will take up to six months to complete.

A significant part of the process is the meeting of Icelandic and EU political experts in Brussels to compare Icelandic laws to EU laws and set them against each other coherently – because different countries often use different laws to deal with the same common issues.

Johannesson says the process will be long and trying, but absolutely necessary to the overall accession negotiations.

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