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 works closely with other EEA EFTA bodies and has established 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 twelve full members, six from Iceland and six from Norway. Switzerland observes the meeting but Liechtenstein has decided not to take part 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 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


Ms Isabelle-Louise Aabel, Kristiansand City Council
Ms Gry Anette Rekanes Amundsen, Nome Municipal Council
Mr Jon Askeland, Radøy Muncipality
Mr Runar Bålsrud, Hurdal Municipality
Ms Hilde Onarheim, Bergen City Council (Chair)
Mr Nils A Røhne, Municipality of Stange

Switzerland (Observer)
Mr Roland Krimm, Representative of the Swiss Cantons, Mission of Switzerland to the EU
Mr Philippe Receveur, Canton of Jura


Opinions adopted by the Forum