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The Delegation of the European Union to Iceland is a permanent diplomatic mission and officially represents the EU in Iceland. It is one of 140 EU Delegations in non-EU countries and international organisations around the world: it was established in January 2010, following Iceland‘s decision to apply for membership of the EU. Up until then, the EU Delegation in Norway was in charge of relations with Iceland.
The Delegation has a number of tasks: helping to develop political and economic relations between the EU and Iceland; keeping the EU up-to-date with developments in Iceland; and informing the public, media, social partners, non-governmental organisations, academics, think tanks and local authorities about the latest news from the EU.
It‘s my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the European Union Delegation to Iceland!
The EU and Iceland have a close, friendly and wide-ranging relationship. At its heart is the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA), which entered into force in 1994. The EEA gives Iceland access to the European single market, which allows for the free movement of goods, capital, services and people (with some exceptions in the fisheries and farming sectors). The single market brings Iceland great benefits: the EU is Iceland's most important trade partner, with more than 80% of Icelandic exports going to the European Economic Area, and more than 60% of the country’s imports coming from the EEA.
The EEA Agreement also means close cooperation in areas such as research and development, education, social policy, the environment, consumer protection, enterprise, tourism, civil protection, and culture. Iceland is deeply involved in a number of programmes within these areas: since 1992, more than 2,500 Icelandic students have been able to study abroad with support from the Erasmus Programme, and Iceland has received more than €77 million in research support through the 6th and the 7th EU Research Framework Programmes (2000–2013).
Iceland is also an associated member of the Schengen Agreement, which allows for border-free travel across 26 European countries.
One of the most important roles of the Delegation is to provide the public with up-to-date information about the EU's policies and institutions, and in particular on EU-Iceland relations. We hope that this website can play a part in providing such information. Please take a look. I hope that you will find it useful.
Head of Delegation
Delegation of the European Union to Iceland
Assistant to the Head of Delegation
Head of Political, Press and Information section
(Focal point - Human Rights)
Political, Press and Information Officer
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