Iceland receives massive questionnaire for EU bid



REYKJAVIK- Iceland's government reached on Tuesday a new stage in its bid to join the European Union as it received a membership questionnaire from the bloc's enlargement commissioner.
"Receiving the questionnaire marks a new stage for Iceland before becoming a full-fledged member of the EU," Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir said in a statement.
The 33-chaptered document delivered by EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn contains 2,000 questions.



Iceland receives massive questionnaire for EU bid
Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson said after meeting with Rehn that Iceland had a November 16 deadline to fill the questionnaire, which will be used as a basis for a report that will be submitted to the Council of Europe.
Iceland already has close ties with Europe, being part of the European Economic Area and the Schengen free-travel zone. Iceland also complies with three-quarters of European directives.
The Nordic country, which formally submitted its application on July 23, hopes to join the EU by 2012.
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Wednesday, September 9th 2009
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