EEA EFTA Forum of Elected Representatives of Local and Regional Authorities

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. 

Decision of the Standing Committee of the EFTA States No 10/2009/SC of 3 December 2009 establishing a Forum of Elected Representatives of Local and Regional Authorities of the EEA EFTA States


Members of the Forum

Mr Geir Kr. Aðalsteinsson, Regional Municipal Federation of North East Iceland
Mr Björn Blöndal, Reykjavik City Council
Mr Ásgeir Eiríksson, Regional Municipal Federation of South West Iceland
Mr Halldór Halldórsson, Icelandic Association of Local Authorities (Chair)
Mr Valdimar O. Hermannsson, Regional Municipal Federation of Eastern Iceland
Mr Gunnar Þorgeirsson, Regional Municipal Federation of Southern Iceland

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

Revised EU Directive on the re-use of public sector information, 18-19 November 2013
Revision of European waste policy, legislation and targets, 18-19 November 2013
European Port Policy review, 20-21 June 2013
Review of European State Aid Framework, 20-21 June 2013
EEA & Norway Financial Mechanisms, 20-21 June 2013
Labour Migration within the EEA and impact on the local and regional level, 26-27 November 2012
Data Protection Reform, 26-27 November 2012
European Cooperation Programmes 2014 - 2020, 26-27 November 2012
European Rules on Environmental Impact Assessment, 21-22 June 2012
Review of the EEA Agreement, 21-22 June 2012
European Draft Directive on Energy Efficiency,  14-15 November 2011
Public Services in the EEA Context, 14-15 November 2011
Modernisation of EU Public Procurement Policy, 31 May - 1 June 2011
Multilevel Governance in the EEA, 31 May - 1 June 2011
Management of Biowaste in the EEA, 25 November 2010