Hudghton (Greens/EFA) - Madam President, it seems to me that there are two contradictory paragraphs on fisheries in our resolution. Paragraph 26, which I will vote against, 'encourages Iceland to adopt fisheries policy measures that will allow it to make the transition towards introduction of the CFP'. Surely not the current CFP? Surely Icelanders will not volunteer to join a common fisheries policy that has failed us, just as it would fail them? By contrast, paragraph 25 recognises Iceland's 'responsible and sustainable' attitude to fisheries and calls for constructive negotiations on fisheries 'so that the outcome may be a mutually satisfactory solution based on best practices and protecting the interest of both fishermen and consumers in the EU, as well as in Iceland'. On that point, which I do support, I think there is a need for urgent discussions with Iceland on the issue of the mackerel fishery, which I think the Commissioner will be aware of. These discussions should be brought forward. I also think that Iceland has a role to play in indicating how fisheries management could be better structured.

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