Visit of Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Icelandic Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Icelandic Prime Minister, held a joint press briefing after their meeting on 16 July 2013 in Brussels.
They met to exchange views on Iceland's relations with the EU.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior shot of the European Commission Berlaymont building
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Icelandic Prime Minister, at the press point
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the unanimous decision of the European Union Member States to open accession negotiations with Iceland remains valid; so, his message is clear: provided Iceland wants it, the EU remains committed to continuing the accession negotiation process, which he is certain, could address Iceland's specificities.
||Cutaway of the press briefing
||SOUNDBITE by Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson (in ENGLISH) saying that they will continue with the debate on EU accession in Iceland; the report on the development so far in the relationship with the EU and the development of the EU itself will be put to the Parliament in autumn 2013.
||SOUNDBITE by Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson (in ENGLISH) saying that it must be unlikely that such sanctions would be put in place, particularly sanctions which would not be in accordance with the WTO and the EEA agreements; Iceland remains committed to a positive approach finding a negotiated solution; in addition to that, Iceland could serve as an example in many ways when it comes to fisheries; they have been committed to sustainable fisheries for decades; they have already seen the results of that commitment; often it can be difficult for governments to maintain the commitment because there is a lot of political pressure from abroad or from inside the country, but every single government has maintained the importance of sustainable fisheries.
||Cutaway of camera and journalists
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that mackerel fisheries are of great significance to all concerned quotas States including those in the European Union; and of course ensuring the sustainability of mackerel fishing is crucial; they believe that the stock is in danger; the Commission will explore all possible measures to find a balanced solution and ensure sustainability; they want a negotiated agreement and therefore they can not support unilateral actions by their partner countries; there was a discussion on that matter at the previous day's Fisheries Council and several EU Member States voiced their grave concern; they are discussing the follow-up internally in the Commission; no decision has been taken so far; they remain committed to a negotiated agreement; that is why he wants to encourage Iceland and all other partners to engage in context with the EC constructively and quickly. (2 shots)
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Handshake and departure (2 shots)