European Union (EU) ministers have been asked to approve a trade deal between the EU and Iceland, which will see wine, fortified wines, and unsweetened mineral waters (carbonated or still) being imported and exported across the north-east Atlantic duty free.

Assuming the deal is rubber stamped, it will come into force at the beginning of next year, ministers said yesterday (11 October).

Both sides have promised to enter into further discussions on protecting EU and Icelandic designations of origin in their respective territories.

Iceland is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA).