Mackerel quotas should be built into any future Iceland EU membership

Iceland is moving closer to EU membership with the adoption of an enlargement report by the European Parliament.

However, a North West MEP is seeking to ensure that agreement on mackerel quotas is built in to any future deal.

At present, the EU and Norway are in dispute with Iceland and the Faroes over mackerel stocks, with the EU claiming that Iceland has unilaterally increased its catch to unsustainable levels.

Now, Pat the Cope Gallagher, the Chairman of the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee, has moved an amendment calling for a renewed effort to reach an agreement.

It's an issue he will also be raising when he leads a committee delegation to Reykjavik next month......

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