Árni Þór Sigurðsson

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Árni Þór Sigurðsson
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Árni Þór Sigurðsson (born 30 July 1960) in Reykjavik, is a member of parliament of the Althing, the Icelandic parliament since 2007. He is a member of the Left-Green Movement. He was Deputy Speaker of the Althing from 2009-2010 and again 2012-2013. Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Althingi Feb. 2009 - April 2013. Chairman of the Parliamentary Delegation to EFTA/EEA 2009-2013. Co-Chairman of the Iceland-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee. He was a delegate to the Nordic Council 2010-2013 and Chairman of the Nordic Council's Standing Committee of Culture and Education. Árni Þór has held a number of Parliamentary Committee posts, incl. on budget and finance, economy, environment, constitutional affairs, procedural affairs etc. He was chair, vicechair and acting chair of the Parliamentary Group 2009-2012.

Prior to his parliamentary career, Árni Þór was a City Councillor in Reykjavik for 13 years, responsible for pre-schools (1994-1998), city planning and construction (1999-2002) and transport and environment (2002-2006) and Chairman of the Board of the Port of Reykjavik (1994-2006). He was vicechair of the Eurocities Mobility Forum 2002-2006 and delegate to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe 2003-2008.

Árni Þór has a Master-degree in Economics and Russian from the University of Oslo, Norway and studied Russian at the universities in Stockholm, Sweden, and Moscow, Russia. He also has a diploma in Public Administration from the University of Iceland and is currently studying International Relations.

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WORKING EXPERIENCE

Parliament of Iceland, Althingi

Member of Parliament May 2007 –

  • Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2009-2013
  • Chairman of the Parliamentary Delegation to EFTA 2009-2013
  • Vice-Speaker of the Althingi 2009-2010, 2012-2013
  • Co-chair of the Iceland-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee 2010-2013
  • Member of the Nordic Council 2010-2013
  • Chairman of the Nordic Council’s Committee on Culture and Education 2011-2012
  • Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2013-
  • Vicechair of the Parliamentary Delegation to EFTA 2013-
  • Member of the Iceland-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee 2013-
  • Substitute member of the Parliamentary Delegation to OSCE 2011-2013
  • Chairman of the Committee on Rules of Procedures 2011-2013
  • Member of the Finance Committee 2009, 2011-2012
  • Vicechair of the General Committee 2009-2011
  • Member of the Parliamentary Delegation to EFTA 2007-2009
  • Member of the Committee on Environment 2007-2009
  • Vicechair of the Parliamentary Group of the Left-Greens 2009-2010, 2013-
  • Acting Chair of the Parliamentary Group 2010-2011
  • Delegate to the United Nations‘ General Assembly 2009

Icelandic Association of Local and Regional Authorities, Brussels

  • Project Manager January 2005 – July 2005

City of Reykjavik

City Councillor May 1994 – October 2007

  • President of the City Council 2002-2005
  • City Councillor - Environment and Transport 2002-2006
  • City Councillor - City Planning 1999-2002
  • City Councillor - Pre-schools 1994-1998
  • Chairman of the Board of the Port of Reykjavik 1994-2006
  • Chairman of the Icelandic Port Association 1997-2004
  • Vicechair of the Eurocities Mobility Forum 2002-2006
  • Member of the Board of the International Association of Cities and Ports 2006-2008
  • Delegate to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorites of the Council of Europe 2003-2008
  • Member of the Board of the Icelandic Association of Local and Regional Authorites 2002-2007
  • Vice-President of the Association of Local and Regional Authorities 2006-2007

Icelandic Teachers‘ Union

Senior/Economical Adviser August 1992 – December 1997

Thjodviljinn Newspaper

Ass. Editor-in-Chief June 1991 – July 1992

Ministry of Transport and Tourism

Head of Division May 1989 – June 1991

Icelandic State Broadcasting Service

News reporter Reykjavik and Correspondent Moscow January 1988 – May 1989

EDUCATION

University of Iceland Postgraduate Diploma International Relations 2014 (spring)

University of Iceland Diploma in Public Administration 2001

University of Oslo, Norway Master degree in Economics and Russian 1986

University of Stockholm, Sweden Research student in Slavic Languages 1986-1988

State University of Moscow, Russia Research Fellowship in Russian Language 1988

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Iceland Assistant Lecturer 2012

  • „Russian Foreign Policy“ – for Undergraduate Students in Russia

University of Iceland Guest Lecturer 2007, 2008

  • „Icelandic Municipalities and the European Economic Area“ – for Graduate Students in European Integration/International Relations

PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS

  • „Er nýtt kalt stríð í uppsiglingu? Um utanríkisstefnu Rússlands og sambúðina við Bandaríkin.“ [Is a new cold war approaching? On Russian foreign policy and her relationship with the USA.] Tímarit Máls og menningar, no. 3, 2013, 115-128.
  • „Islandija i Rossija – Sosedi na severe – problemy i vozmozhnosti.“ [Iceland and Russia – Neighbours in the North – Challenges and Opportunities.] Lecture given at the Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia, October 2011; http://portal.tpu.ru/dite-media/prof-chtenia/2011
  • „Breytt staða í utanríkismálum – nýtt öryggishugtak.“ [Changed situation in foreign affairs – a new security concept.] Lecture given at a seminar on foreign affairs, Left-Green Movement, October 2010.

LANGUAGES

Icelandic – native language; English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish – proficient fluency; Russian – working knowledge; French, Czech – basic knowledge.

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