On the 7 July the European Parliament voted in favour of calling on Iceland to halt whaling, with 373 MEPs for and 272 against. The European Parliament also demanded that the reservations Iceland in the past had filed with the International Whaling Commission be dropped.
These demands are part of the Parliament’s resolution on Iceland’s application for membership of the EU, which the EP welcomes.
As Iceland’s membership talks continue, fisheries will one of the most controversial parts of the negotiations, as the UK Guardian’s David Cronin reflects upon in the article: Yes, Iceland can talk fish to Europe.
European Parliament press release: MEPs back Icelands membership bid