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EU Takes Cue from Iceland in Fishing Control System

The European Commission will propose an increased distribution of power and a renewed decision-making process, partly modeled on Iceland’s fisheries control system, in the “greenbook,” a report on the European Union’s fisheries policy, today.

Icelandic cod. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Until now the EU’s fisheries control system has been criticized because the European Council of Ministers in Brussels has all the authority and that no difference is made between its basic regulations and executive regulations, Morgunbladid reports.

However, now the European Commission is suggesting extensive changes to the system, including that power be moved to the commission and the member states. The commission will make proposals to the states on who will have the authority to either approve or reject them.

The European Commission has also proposed extensive measures be taken to reduce the overgrown fishing vessel fleet of the EU to gain control of fisheries.

The fisheries question proposes the biggest concern regarding EU membership in Iceland.

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