Geir Haarde’s email to the IMF

The Independent party has just released the email communication between Geir Haarde and Paul Thomsen at the IMF from last week. 

If the shoe was on the other foot…?

Frá: Thomsen, Poul Mathias []
Sent: 12. febrúar 2009 14:00
Viðtakandi: Geir H. Haarde
Efni: RE: Suggested changes to the law governing the CBI

Dear Geir,

Let me begin by saying that I was very sorry to hear about you illness and that I hope that you are doing better and will soon fully recover.

As to the central bank legislation, we have indeed provided some preliminary comments to the government and expect to finalize them very soon. In line with our standard procedures, the comments are provided to the government, and it is the government’s decision whether to distribute them more widely. I hope that you understand this.

I called you yesterday when I was briefly visiting Iceland (for half a day), but there was no answer and no message service. Looking forward to meeting you when I visit Iceland next time.

With best wishes


From: Geir H. Haarde []
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 11:26 AM
To: Thomsen, Poul Mathias
Subject: Suggested changes to the law governing the CBI

Dear Poul.

I am writing to you in my new capacity as leader of the opposition in the Icelandic Parliament and former PM.

The purpose of this e-mail is to inquire whether you or others on the IMF staff have sent the Icelandic government any comments on the proposed bill  to amend the current law on the Icelandic Central Bank.    If so, I would respectfully ask to be sent a copy of those comments.

I look forward to seeing you and your colleagues, if possible, during your next visit to Iceland for a detailed discussion of the economic outlook, the progress of our IMF program and any other issues we might want to discuss.

Best regards,

Geir H. Haarde


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