"It is clear that four areas in the negotiations will be of crucial importance to Iceland. These are fisheries, agriculture, monetary and economic issues, and regional policy. Fish is more than just a commodity – being some 40 per cent of Iceland's export value. It is seen – along with geothermic energy – as an important natural resource and Icelanders do not want to give up, even partly, control over them. Iceland might demand that the EU defines Iceland as a special fisheries management zone."
Laima Andrikiene, litauisk europaparlamentariker, i Public Service Europe om Islands förhandlingar om EU-medlemskap.