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National Security Council

The National Security Council Act No. 98/2016 was adopted by the Althingi on 1 September 2016

The following are members of the National Security Council:  The prime minister who is the chairman of the concil, the minister responsible for foreign affairs and defence, the minister responsible for civil protection, the permanent under-secretaries of the ministries in question, the national commissioner of the Icelandic police, the director of the Coast Guard,  a representative of ICE-SAR,  two members of parliament: one from a party in the parliamentary majority and one from a party in the parliamentary minority.

The National Security Council is the forum for coordination and consultation within the Icelandic government on the implementation of the National Security Policy in accordance with the Althingi’s resolution 26/145 as well as on other matters with a bearing on national security. The National Security Council shall also assess the situation and the outlook in the field of security and defence on a regular basis, and discuss other matters with a bearing on national security. The National Security Council shall take steps to have the national security policy reviewed at least every five years. In collaboration with the academic community, think-tanks and the media, the National Security Council shall use its influence to encourage open and democratic discussion of national security issues, raise awareness and promote the provision of information on these matters.

Each year, the National Security Council shall inform the Althingi of the implementation of the national security policy. The National Security Council shall inform the Althingi’s committee on foreign affairs of all matters that are likely to have an impact on the national security policy and its implementation.

Secretary General of the National Security Council is Thorunn J. Hafstein thorunn.j.hafstein@for.is  

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