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Carl Bildt: "Iceland's sovereignty would increase by joining the EU"

Carl Bildt, minister of foreign affairs in Sweden Carl Bildt, minister of foreign affairs in Sweden

Mr. Carl Bildt, minister of foreign affairs in Sweden, said that Sweden experienced increased influence internationally after joining the European Union. He said that there is no doubt that the sovereignty of nations increases by joining the EU, it does not decrease. Iceland's sovereignty is reduced under the current circumstances, and Iceland has to comply to the EEA agreement without having anything to say about the result.

Bildt said this at an interview in Iceland, at a TV program called Silfur Egils. The minister did however not want to tell Icelanders what to do, whether they should join the EU or not.

"This is entirely up to the Icelanders, so I do not have a strong opinion on that. But that being said, and seen from my point of view - and the Swedish point of view - and the Nordic point of view, then we would welcome Icelanders if they want to join the union. We would like that. But this is not up to us, this is up to the Icelandic nation." said Carl Bildt.

 

Source: http://eyjan.pressan.is/frettir/2013/03/24/carl-bildt-fullveldi-islands-myndi-styrkjast-vid-inngongu-i-evropusambandid/

 

Last modified on Monday, 25 March 2013 13:53

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