Icelandic Minister of Trade and Industry visits EU Commissioners

The Icelandic Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Jón Sigurdson, came on a two day visit to Brussels on the 8 and 9 February 2007. The Minister met with two EU Commissioners and discussed policies and developments within the EU as regards businesses, industry and competition.

At the meeting of the Minister and Günter Verheugen, Commissioner for enterprise and industry, they discussed innovation, competitiveness and issues of small and medium enterprises. They discussed the new EU Energy Policy and the so-called Energy Package. The enlargement of the EEA to Bulgaria and Rumania was discussed as well as the EU Constitution.

The Minister then had a meeting with Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for Competition. They discussed development of competition rules, the Commission’s investigation of the energy market and how competition has developed in the energy market as well as the Commissions investigation of competition in the banks and credit card market. They also discussed ownership of energy companies and that the Commission considers it necessary to separate between ownership of companies that produce electricity and the distribution of electricity.

The Minister had in addition meetings with the Icelandic Ambassador to the EU, Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson and visited the EFTA secretariat and the EFTA Surveillance Authority and was introduced to the activities of the institutions.

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