A questionnaire, presented yesterday by the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Olli Rehn, to the Icelandic Prime Minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, has been made public. The questionnaire is to assess Iceland’s readiness to fulfill EU membership obligations. The responses provided by the Icelandic authorities will serve as a basis for the Commission to prepare an opinion on Iceland's application for membership of the EU, which will then be submitted to the European Council.
The questionnaire includes 2,500 questions in 33 chapters. Individual ministries and governmental institutions will now start preparing answers to the questionnaire, which the Icelandic authorities hope will be concluded in the coming months.
During his visit to Iceland, Commissioner Rehn met with Icelandic Prime Minister Sigurdardottir, Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson, Finance Minister Steingrimur J. Sigfusson and the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Icelandic Parliament, Althingi. He also addressed a full house at an open meeting at the University of Iceland, speaking on the topic of the European Perspective of Iceland.