On 1 December, Ms Vicky Ford MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), was invited to the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels to exchange views on recent European Commission proposals and initiatives, including legislative proposals on geo-blocking, consumer protection cooperation (CPC) and the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) to the benefit of consumers and businesses.
The meeting also touched upon the Commission’s planned proposal to improve the notification procedure for national legislation in the field of services, as well as two proposals for directives concerning distance sales and digital content.
The EEA EFTA States follow the discussions in IMCO on EEA-relevant matters closely and appreciated this opportunity to speak directly with the Chair of the Committee.
The discussions took place during a joint meeting between the EEA EFTA Working Group on Consumer Affairs and the EEA EFTA Working Group on Enterprise Policy and Internal Market Affairs. In these working groups, experts from Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway meet on a regular basis to discuss and contribute to the development of EU policies and new EEA-relevant EU legislation. As part of these meetings, representatives of the European institutions and stakeholders are invited to present their views, followed by discussions.
The EEA EFTA States may also agree in working group meetings to issue common written statements, or EEA EFTA Comments, providing input to EU policies and Commission proposals.
Recent EEA EFTA Comments express the EEA EFTA States’ views on geo-blocking and the notification procedure for national legislation in the field of services, and the meeting on 1 December coincided with the issuing of a Comment on the CPC legislative proposal. A second comment relating to distance sales and digital content is currently being finalised, the first having been issued in November 2015.
The EEA EFTA States strongly support the further strengthening of the Single Market, included in the field of services, to the benefit of consumers and businesses.
Find EEA EFTA Comments here.
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