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.