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About the EU Delegation to Iceland

The Delegation of the European Union to Iceland is a permanent diplomatic mission and officially represents the EU in Iceland. The Delegation is one of more than 130 EU Delegations in non-EU member states around the world. The Delegation was established in January 2010, following the decision of the Icelandic government to apply for membership of the EU. Before that time the EU Delegation in Norway was in charge of relations with Iceland.

The Delegation's main tasks are to facilitate the development of political and economic relations between the EU and Iceland and to inform the general public and other specific audiences, such as media representatives, social partners, non-governmental organisations, academia/think tanks and local authorities about various EU related matters.

Dear Visitor,

Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Iceland!

The EU enjoys a close and wide-ranging relationship with Iceland. The Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) has been at the core of our relations for over two decades. This Agreement 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 agricultural sectors). The single market has great benefits for Iceland: the EU is Iceland's most important trade partner, with over 80% of Icelandic exports going to the European Economic Area, and over 60% of the country’s imported goods coming from the EEA.

The EEA Agreement entails close cooperation in areas such as research and development, education, social policy, the environment, consumer protection, enterprise, tourism, civil protection, and culture. Iceland’s participation in various programmes within these areas has been extensive: more than 2500 Icelandic students have studied abroad with support from the Erasmus Programme since 1992, and Iceland has received over €77 million in research support through the 6th and the 7th Research Framework Programmes (2000 – 2013).

Iceland is also an associated member of the Schengen Agreement. Schengen allows for border-free travel across 26 European countries.

One of the 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. The purpose of this website is to be one such source of information. I hope that you find it useful.

Matthias Brinkmann
Head of Delegation
Delegation of the European Union to Iceland

Head of Delegation

Matthias BRINKMANN

Elina CHOCHA

Assistant to the Head of Delegation

Political, Press and Information Section

Tarvo KUNGLA

Head of Political, Press and Information section

(Focal point - Human Rights)

Klemens THRASTARSON

Political, Press and Information Officer

Gudrun Margret THRASTARDOTTIR

Assistant

Administrative Section

Anna NACKMAYR

Administrative Officer

Johann Hjalti THORSTEINSSON

Office clerk / Driver

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