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Iceland Opens Five Chapters in EU-Accession Talks, Closes Four

December 12, 2011

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Iceland opened five more chapters in its accession talks to join the European Union and provisionally closed four of them.

The Atlantic island nation opened chapters on company law, enterprise and industrial policy, trans-European networks, judiciary and fundamental rights and financial and budgetary provisions, and provisionally closed all but the last one, the EU said today.

The EU noted “the high level of Iceland’s state of preparedness and its fulfillment of obligations regarding” the four chapters that were closed today, according to an e-mailed statement. Of a total of 35 negotiating chapters for EU accession, Iceland has now opened 11 and completed negotiations in eight of them, the EU said.

European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule said he hopes to open the remaining chapters next year. The primary challenges facing the talks will be in matters relating to agriculture, environment and fisheries, according to Fule.

Iceland started EU entry talks in July 2010, with no deadline set for membership. It will probably vote on accession in early 2013, Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson has said.

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