On 12 September 2017, 135 participants from both the public and private sectors met at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels for an introductory seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA). Representatives of the EFTA Secretariat, European External Action Service, EFTA Surveillance Authority and EFTA Court gave presentations on the day-to-day operation and management of the EEA Agreement. Topics discussed included the history behind the Agreement, the legal framework, recent developments in the EEA and potential future challenges.
This biannual seminar is intended primarily for those who work on EEA-related matters in national administrations, EU and EFTA institutions, permanent representations and missions to the EU, or in other organisations. The next seminar will take place in February 2018 at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels.
EFTA would like to thank all the speakers and participants for making the seminar a success.
Please find high-resolution photos from the seminar here.
Introduction to the EEA Agreement - Dag Wernø Holter, Deputy Secretary-General, EFTA Secretariat
How the EEA Agreement works - Brit Helle, Director of Goods Division, EFTA Secretariat
How EU law becomes EEA law - Kyrre Isaksen, Head of EEA Legal Coordination, EFTA Secretariat
Procedures on the EU side in incorporation of legislation into the EEA Agreement - Vaclav Navratíl, European External Action Service
How EEA law is enforced - Carsten Zatschler, Director of Legal and Executive Affairs, EFTA Surveillance Authority
How EEA law is interpreted - Gunnar Selvik, Registrar, EFTA Court
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