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Hudghton (Greens/EFA) - I welcome this report, which correctly notes the importance of Switzerland and the EEA to EU trade matters. The report explicitly states that this House fully respects the causes of the specific nature of the relations between Switzerland and the EU. I would go further and urge full respect for the citizens of all four EFTA countries in deciding their own countries' relationships with the EU. An area of mutual interest to EU and EEA countries which falls outwith the scope of internal market agreements is fisheries. In recent months Iceland has unilaterally set a quota for mackerel stocks, which may threaten the very sustainability of that fishery. Whilst I strongly support the concept of national control of fisheries, this must operate on the basis of regional cooperation and international law. I urge the Icelandic Government to come to the table with their neighbours in order to achieve a mutually satisfactory and responsible resolution of this situation.