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Greenland originally joined the European Communities with Denmark in 1973, but it changed its status in 1985 to become a European overseas territory after a dispute over fishing rights and a referendum on the issue.[1] However, because it is one of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the EU member states, the European Union has some effect on it, mostly with trade benefits for goods of Greenlandic origin.

Greenlandic citizens have EU citizenship[2]. OCT nationals can be granted the right to vote for and participate in the election of the European Parliament, subject to the conditions defined by the related Member States in compliance with Community law[3].

There has been some speculation as to whether Greenland may consider rejoining the European Union although this seems highly unlikely to occur anytime soon. On 4 January 2007 the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten quoted the former Danish minister for Greenland, Tom Høyem, as saying "I would not be surprised if Greenland again becomes a member of the EU... The EU needs the Arctic window and Greenland cannot alone manage the gigantic Arctic possibilities".[4] The debate has been reignited[5] in light of the 2008–2009 Icelandic financial crisis.

Footnotes

  1. ^ European Commission (2005-11-10). "1985". The History of the European Union. http://europa.eu/abc/history/1985/index_en.htm. Retrieved 2006-01-18.  
  2. ^ Article 17 of European Union Treaty as of 1999
  3. ^ Green paper on future relations between EU and overseas countries/territories, 3. 1. 1. http://ec.europa.eu/development/icenter/repository/1_EN_ACT_part1_v8.pdf
  4. ^ "Greenland could re-join the EU". EUobserver Review. 2007-01-05. http://euobserver.com/844/23194?rss_rk=1. Retrieved 2007-06-25.  
  5. ^ EU membership debate, Sermitsiaq

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