The EEA EFTA Forum was set up by a decision of the Standing Committee of the EFTA States as an informal body to involve elected representatives from local and regional authorities in EEA matters. The Forum will work closely with other EEA EFTA bodies and establish links with the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, an EU advisory body that was established in 1994 just after the signing of the EEA Agreement.
The Forum has 12 members, six from Iceland and six from Norway. Liechtenstein has decided not to take part in the meetings for the time being.
Members of the Forum
Mr Adolf H. Berndsen, Regional Municipal Federation of North West Iceland
Mr Björn Blöndal, Reykjavik City Council
Mr Gunnar Einarsson, Regional Municipal Federation of the Capital Area
Ms Ingveldur Guðmundsdóttir, Regional Municipal Federation of Western Iceland
Mr Halldór Halldórsson, Icelandic Association of Local Authorities (Vice-Chair)
Ms Friðbjörg Matthíasdóttir, Regional Municipal Federation of the WestFjords
Mr Christian Haugen, Hedmark County Council
Mr Nils A Røhne, Municipality of Stange
Ms Hanne Braathen, Storfjord Municipal Council
Ms Hilde Onarheim, Bergen City Government
Ms Eva Kristin Andersen, Fredrikstad City Council
Ms Torhild Bransdal, Municipality of Vennesla
Opinions adopted by the Forum