On 14 and 15 December, the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee (EEA JPC) convened in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss several current topics related to the European Union and the European Economic Area, including Brexit, economic and political challenges to the future of the Single Market, security cooperation and EU climate policy.
The EEA JPC
is an advisory body comprising members of the national parliaments of the EEA EFTA States and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
The parliamentarians met with representatives of the EEA Joint Committee and the EEA Council to receive an update on recent developments in the EEA. This biannual meeting is important for the EEA JPC to be able to follow developments in the EEA and to give its views on topics for discussion at the earliest stage possible.
They also discussed several topics high on the agenda in the EU, such as climate policy
. The EEA JPC has a longstanding tradition of following climate and energy issues, even though the EEA EFTA States are not covered by the EU’s common energy and climate policy towards 2030, whose goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the renewable energy target to at least 27% of energy consumption. Briefings were given by Mr Artur Runge-Metzger, Director of Climate Strategy at DG Climate Action, European Commission, and MEPs Mr Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy and Mr Norbert Lins.
Also discussed was security cooperation through the EU police agency, Europol. The European Parliament’s shadow rapporteur, Mr Josep-M. Terricabras, briefed the EEA JPC on recent adoptions
giving the agency more measures to respond faster to terrorism, cybercrime and other criminal offences. MEPs have ensured
that Europol’s new powers go hand in hand with increased data protection safeguards, democratic control and parliamentary scrutiny.
The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Svein Roald Hansen, Member of the Norwegian Parliament, and Mr Jørn Dorhmann, MEP from Denmark.
Find high-resulution photos from the meetings here