|Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.
Photo: Magnus Fröberg/nordic.org
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt could get an application from Iceland about membership in the EU during Sweden’s upcoming EU presidency.
Reinfeldt welcomes the possibility but warns that there may be some resistance within the European Union.
“If an application is forwarded I will have to talk to some other of the member countries before I or the EU can act on the application”, Reinfeldt said in a comment on the Icelandic government´s proposal to their national parliament to apply for an EU membership.
There is a chance that the Icelandic application will show up at some point in the Swedish presidency, during the second half of this year.
“I welcome more countries to join EU, not least countries in our nearness. But I also know that Europe is rather tired of a widening of the union, where larger countries put forward demands on no further expansion before the Treaty of Lisbon is in place”, PM Reinfeldt says, but he also adds that those countries might look softer on a country like Iceland, than others.
He notes that Iceland already, as a member of the European Statistical System together with Norway and Lichtenstein, they have also to a large degree adopted their legislation to EU-regulations. This means that the negotiation to enter the union ought to be quicker than for other countries, Reinfeldt concludes.
The Prime Minister of Iceland, Johanna Sigurdardottir, has in the debate revealed that she wants a quick decision by the Icelandic parliament and that she wants the application to be forwarded already in July.