Össur Skarphéðinsson

Össur Skarphéðinsson
  • Date of Birth: June 19th, 1953
  • Party: The Social Democratic Alliance

Parliamentary career

  • Member of Althingi for the Reykjavík Constituency 1991–2003, the Reykjavík North Constituency 2003–2009, the Reykjavík South Constituency 2009–2013 and the Reykjavík North Constituency since 2013.

Party group

  • Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Alliance 2006–2007.
  • Chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance 2000–2005.
  • Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party 1991–1993.
  • Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party 1995–1996.

Present committees

  • Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee since 2013, 2005–2007 and 1995–1999 (Deputy Chairman 1998–1999).
  • Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 2013 (Deputy Chairman since 2013),and 2005–2007 (Chairman 2005–2007).

Earlier committees

  • Member of the Credentials Committee 2013 and 1999–2003.
  • Member of the Economy and Trade Committee 2001–2005.
  • Member of the Budget Committee 1999–2001.
  • Member of the Environment Committee 1999–2000.
  • Member of the Health and Social Security Committee 1995–1999 (Chairman 1995–1999).
  • Member of the Agriculture Committee 1992–1993 (Deputy Chairman 1992–1993).
  • Member of the Industry Committee 1991–1993 (Chairman 1991–1993).
  • Member of the Fisheries Committee 1991–1993 (Deputy Chairman 1991–1993).
  • Member of the General Affairs Committee on 1991–1992 (Deputy Chairman 1991–1992).
  • Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 2003–2005.
  • Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the WEU Assembly 1995–1999 (Deputy Chairman 1995–1999).
  • Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the EFTA and EEA Parliamentary Committees 1991–1993 and 1999–2004.

Ministerial career

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs 2009–2013.
  • Minister of Industry 2007–2009.
  • Minister for Nordic Co-operation 2007–2008.
  • Minister for the Environment 1993–1995.