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Minister Roche welcomes start of EU membership talks with Iceland

The Minister for European Affairs, Dick Roche T.D., speaking at the General Affairs Council today (Monday 26 July) in Brussels, welcomed the opening of accession negotiations with Iceland.

“I am pleased that we are moving ahead quickly on Iceland’s application to join the European Union. Ireland has close historical, political and cultural ties with Iceland. Clearly, there will be issues of great interest to us in the accession talks, such as fisheries. While we must now await the outcome of the talks with Iceland, their accession to the EU is something that I would regard as a very positive development”.

Accession negotiations between Iceland and the European Union will be formally opening tomorrow, Tuesday 27 July, in Brussels.