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Decision on Iceland-EU Talks in Autumn, Mackerel Dispute Ongoing

eu-imagePrime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced at a press conference in Brussels today that a decision on the continuation of negotiations with the European Union (EU) will be made in the autumn session of parliament, ruv.is reports.

“A decision has not been made on a date for a referendum,” Gunnlaugsson said. “We agree on the importance of cooperation but will have to wait a while to see what form that cooperation takes,” bloomberg.com reports.

According to bloomberg.com, European Commission President Jose Barroso stated that it is in everyone’s best interest that Iceland make a decision without further delay.

Ireland, Britain, France and Spain have called for sanctions on Iceland unless the country limits its mackerel catch. Sigmundur said that sanctions would violate international law.

Barroso said that the issue was important to all coastal states, including EU member states. “It is important to ensure the sustainability of mackerel but we believe that the stock is at risk. The European Commission will examine all possible ways to find solutions to conserve the stock,” he said, adding that a joint decision must be reached on the issue.

Related:

25.06.2013 | EU Grants to Iceland on Hold

14.06.2013 | Iceland-European Union Mackerel Feud Ongoing

14.06.2013 | Iceland-European Union Accession Talks on Hold

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