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Ambassador István Major (Hungary)
80. The representative of Iceland expressed support for the European Communities proposal. However, the concepts involved needed more examination and study, such as the proposals regarding dispute settlement and arbitration. While Iceland had no problems with wines and spirits, the fish producers in Iceland had faced a number of problems where their competitors were selling products in certain markets as Icelandic products which affected the competitiveness and reputation of Icelandic products as high quality goods. If an exercise of the kind proposed by the European Communities for wines and spirits proved to be successful in better identifying and protecting the origin of the goods in question, Iceland was interested in seeing that this kind of protection was also made available to other kinds of goods, including fish.