International interest in Iceland’s EU position persists

euThe Reuters news agency is carrying a story on the countries thought likely to seek entry to the European Union. The article says that Iceland will likely find it easier to enter the bloc than many other countries.

European Union officials have indicated that Iceland could possibly gain entry at the same time as Croatia, or even before, because the country has already implemented two thirds of EU law due to its inclusion in the European Economic Area agreement.

According to Reuters, Iceland could conceivably be a full EU member by 2011 if it gets its application sorted out in June.

The ‘lion in the road’ remains European fishing policy and Iceland’s relationship with it, reports. Although, one of the EU’s proposals for improving its fishing quota system is to implement a system closer to the one Iceland itself pioneered.

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