Fischler objects to Iceland resumption of whaling
11th August 2003
EU Agriculture and Fisheries Commissioner Franz Fischler objected to Iceland's planned resumption of whaling during weekend talks in Reykjavik, an official said Monday.
Fischler met Icelandic President Olafur Grimsson and Fisheries Minister Arni Mathiesen on Sunday to discuss "fisheries policy and especially the importance of conservation", the European Commission said in a statement.
He also raised the whaling issue, a spokesman for Fischler said. "The Icelandic authorities are aware of our disapproval," he told reporters.
Iceland, which is not a member of the European Union, announced on Wednesday that it would end a 14-year moratorium on whaling by killing 38 minke whales this month and next for research purposes.
The announcement sparked an angry response from the US government, which declined to rule out the threat of trade sanctions.