Relations between Iceland and Poland should be further strengthened, and the presence of Iceland in Poland increased, according to a new report of a working group that Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Cooperation of Iceland appointed in September 2019.
The working group was tasked with analysing bilateral relations between Iceland and Poland and proposing measures that could be implemented in the coming years. The group provides eleven proposals which are aimed at cementing the successful relations between the nations further or exploring new areas of cooperation. The eleven proposals are:
- Support increased trade between the countries and the activities of the Polish-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce
- Support for increased cooperation in the fisheries industry
- Increased emphasis on projects financed by the EEA Grants
- Geothermal projects
- Increased cooperation in the fields of security, defence, and Schengen
- Increased cooperation in education and culture
- Human rights
- Increased collaboration in the field of health
- Establishing a diplomatic mission in Poland
- A branch from the embassy in Berlin, a diplomatic representative, a consul general, honorary consul in Gdansk.
- Employee of the embassy in Berlin
The working group appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Cooperation was led by Grazyna María Okuniewska. Other members were Gréta Ingthórsdóttir and Janus Arn Gudmundsson.