Left-Greens Reject NATO Project in Helguvík Harbor, icelandmonitor.mbl.is

The Left-Green Movement has rejected major NATO projects on the Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland, Morgunblaðið reports. The projects would have cost between ISK 12 and 18 billion (USD 82-122 million), most of which was to be funded by NATO and the rest by the Icelandic State.

The other two parties that make up the coalition government – the Independence Party and the Progressive Party – favored the projects.[…]

At a government meeting on financial affairs in April, Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson suggested that building NATO facilities in Helguvík Harbor be part of increased state investment in the area, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Enlarging the harbor would enable it to receive tankers and other large vessels, he argued. His suggestion was not approved, and the government decided instead to invest in other projects. Läs artikel