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Fisheries Could Block Iceland's EU Hopes

ICELAND - The Parliament of Iceland this week voted in favour of applying for membership of the European Union.

This follows a resolution proposal submitted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ossur Skarphedinsson, to Parliament on 28 May 2009, in which the Parliament mandates the Icelandic Government to put forward an application.

However, according to reports in Bloomberg, fisheries, agriculture and aquaculture could become stumbling blocks to accession.

The report quotes political scientist Einar Mar Thordarson from the University of Iceland saying that fisheries and agriculture policy are likely to cause intense debate between the Icelandic government and the EU.

And the issue could divide Icelanders in a referendum.

the Fish Site Editor

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