Laugardagurinn 3. desember 2022

Heimssřn kynnir till÷gu ■ingmanna um afturk÷llun ESB-umsˇknar


14. j˙nÝ 2010 klukkan 19:38

═ pottinum hafa menn or­i­ varir vi­, a­ Heimssřn hefur teki­ sÚr fyrir hendur a­ kynna till÷gu ■ingmanna fj÷gurra flokka um afturk÷llun ESB-a­ildarumsˇknar ß ensku og sent tilkynningu um hana vÝ­a.

┴stŠ­an fyrir ■essu framtaki Heimssřnar er grunur manna um, a­ Ýslenskir rß­amenn og utanrÝkisrß­uneyti­ muni ekki halda ■vÝ a­ neinum, a­ tillagan sÚ komin fram. Ůß sÚ ljˇst, a­ Íssur SkarphÚ­insson og Kristjßn Guy Burgess, a­sto­arma­ur hans, hafi hafi­ sˇkn Ý Brussel til a­ gefa ■ß mynd af st÷­unni ß ═slandi, a­ ■eir sÚu a­ vinna a­ ESB-a­ild me­ stu­ning Al■ingis a­ baki sÚr og geti Ý raun ekki anna­ en fari­ a­ ßlyktun ■ingsins frß 16. j˙lÝ 2009.

EmbŠttism÷nnum utanrÝkisrß­uneytisins hafi veri­ gefin fyrirmŠli um a­ knřja ß um, a­ lei­togarß­ ESB taki afst÷­u til umsˇknar ═slands ß fundi sÝnum 17. j˙nÝ. Anna­ sÚ mˇ­gun bŠ­i vi­ rÝkisstjˇrnina og Al■ingi.

HÚr er frÚttatilkynning Heimssřnar Ý heild:

MP„s call for withdrawal of Iceland“s EU application

Members of Parliament from all parties represented in the Althingi

(Iceland's parliament) except one have tabled a resolution calling for

the withdrawal of Iceland's application for EU membership. The

proposed resolution nullifies the resolution passed by the Althingi on

16 July last year giving the coalition government of Samfylking

(social democrats) and VG (left-green) a mandate to apply for EU

membership.

The government is split on the issue. Samfylking is in favour of

membership while VG is opposed to it. Samfylking, the only Icelandic

party with EU membership on its agenda, made it a condition for

forming a coalition government with VG, that an application for

membership were part of its programme. This was approved by VG,

stating at the same time, that it had the right to oppose membership

in public debate as well as in a referendum at the end of

negotiations. In Iceland cabinet ministers said, when introducing

their resolution to the Althingi in the summer of 2009 , that they

just wanted exploratory talks with EU not accession negotiations. The

resolution was passed with 33 votes against 29.

According to opnion polls the majority of Icelanders is against

Iceland's entry into EU. The polls show a constant majority of 60-70

percent on the no-side. In Althingi Samfylkingin is isolated as the

only pro EU party. The party suffered heavy losses in local elections

on May 29 last as did VG.

The resolution in the Althingi on the withdrawal of Iceland┤s EU

application confirms , that there is a growing consensus on the view,

that it is contrary to Icelandic national interest to maintain an

application for membership in spite of growing public and political

opposition. Iceland is a member of EEA (European Economic Area) and

the Schengen scheme. The country conducts significant trade with

EU-countries as well as co-operation in other fields. It is not in the

spirit of good relations with the EU that the government insists on an

application opposed by a great majority of the people..

As the Althingi is going into recess this week, the resolution will

hardly be debated nor voted on until after the Althingi reconvenes on

1 October. That four out of five parliamentary groups are represented

by the sponsors of the resolution, reflects the public view.

Samfylking, the party of the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister,

is becoming more and more isolated in the EU debate. They would not be

in a postion now to make it a sine qua non for forming a government,

that their partner approved on an application for EU membership,

It is in the interest both of Iceland and the EU, that the present

application is withdrawn as it has neither the necessary political nor

public support in Iceland.

 
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