EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee

The EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee is an advisory body that comprises members of the national parliaments of the EEA EFTA States and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). It is not directly involved in the EEA decision-making process, but through reports and resolutions it aims to monitor and scrutinise EEA-relevant EU policies and decisions adopted in the EEA Joint Committee.

 

Latest developments

The 42nd meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Reykjavik, Iceland on 26-27 March 2014. At the meeting the Committee adopted two resolutions on Single Market Governance and Energy and Climate 2030.

The 41st meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Vaduz, Liechtenstein on 28 October 2013. At the meeting the Committee adopted two resolutions on Arctic Policy and Citizen's Rights in the European Union and the European Economic Area.

The 40th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Brussels on 29-30 May 2013. At the meeting the Committee adopted three resolutions on The future of the EEA and the EU's relations with the small-sized countries and Switzerland, Transport Policy in the EEA and The Annual Report of the EEA Joint Committee on the Functioning of the EEA Agreement in 2012.

The 39th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Brussels on 27 November 2012. At the meeting the Committee adopted four resolutions on EEA EFTA States' participation in EU agencies, The Reform of EU Common Fisheries Policy, The future of the EU Energy policy and its implications for the EEA and EU programmes 2014-2020 and the participation of the EEA EFTA States.

The 38th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Akureyri, Iceland on 4 May 2012. At the meeting the Committee adopted three resolutions on The Annual Report of the EEA Joint Committee on the Functioning of the EEA Agreement in 2011, The Review of the EEA and The White Paper on a Single European Transport Area.

The 37th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Strasbourg on 26 October 2011. At the meeting the Committee adopted three resolutions; one on the EU Digital Agenda and the EEA, one on the EEA and Norwegian Grants: Contributing to the Social and Economic Cohesion in Europe, and one on the European Refund Scheme for Drinks Containers.

The 36th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, on 10 April 2011. At the meeting the Committee adopted two resolutions; one on the Annual Report on the Functioning of the EEA in 2010, and the other on the High North: Opportunities and Policy challenges. 

The 35th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Strasbourg on 24-25 November 2010. At the meeting the Committee adopted resolutions on Europe 2020: Innovation and the EEA, and the European Year against Poverty and Social Discrimination.

The 34th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Vaduz on 29 March 2010. At the meeting the Committee adopted resolutions on the Annual Report on the Functioning of the EEA in 2009, the Common Fisheries Policy and the EEA, and EEA and Regional Cooperation: New Channels for Dialogue. 

The 33rd meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Tromsø on 28 October 2009. At the meeting the Committee adopted resolutions on the EEA and the Global Financial Crisis: Promoting Recovery, and Labour Market Issues in the EEA: Posted Workers and the Freedom to Provide Services. The Committee also discussed a working document on the EEA and Regional Cooperation.

The 32nd meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Strasbourg on 25 and 26 March 2009. At the meeting the Committee adopted a resolution on the Functioning of the EEA in 2008 and discussed a report and resolution on Labour Mobility in the EEA.

The 31st meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Brussels on 4 November 2008. At the meeting the Committee adopted two resolutions, the first on Research and Education Programmes in the EEA and the second on Future Perspectives for the European Economic Area.

The 30th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Svartsengi, Iceland, on 29 April 2008. At the meeting the Committee adopted two resolutions, one on the Functioning of the EEA in 2007 and the other on Health Services in the EEA. The recommendation was on Future Perspectives for the European Economic Area.

The 29th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Strasbourg on 14 November 2007. At the meeting the Committee adopted two resolutions. The resolutions were accompanied by reports on the same topics: The Open Method of Coordination and the EEA, and Energy and Climate Change: Implications for the EEA. A working paper on Future Perspectives for the European Economic Area was also discussed at the meeting.

The 28th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Vaduz on 28 June 2007. At the meeting the Committee adopted two resolutions, one on the Annual Report on the Functioning of the EEA Agreement in 2006 and one on the EU Future Maritime Policy: Implications for the EEA.

The 27th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Brussels on 10 October 2006. At the meeting the Committee adopted two resolutions, one on the Implementation of EEA Legislation and one on Enlarging the EEA: Experiences and Perspectives.

The 26th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Tromsø on 23 May 2006. At the meeting the Committee adopted two resolutions; one on the Annual Report on the Functioning of the EEA Agreement in 2005 and one on Europe’s High North: Energy and Environmental Issues.

The 25th meeting of the EEA JPC was held in Brussels on 22 and 23 November 2005. At the meeting the EEA JPC adopted two resolutions; one on Adopted Resolutions of the EEA JPC 2000 to 2005 and one on New Environmental Legislation and the EEA.

 

 

Cooperation in the EEA

Members of the EEA JPC scrutinise all Community legislation applying to the EEA, and have the right to put oral and written questions to the representatives of the EEA Council and EEA Joint Committee. At each meeting, the EEA JPC has discussions with representatives of the EEA Council of Ministers, the EEA Joint Committee, and the EFTA Surveillance Authority. The EEA JPC expresses its views in the form of reports or resolutions. The Committee adopts resolutions on a wide variety of issues relevant to the EEA Agreement and the functioning of the Single Market.

Reports and Resolutions adopted by the EEA JPC.

EEA JPC Rules of Procedure.

 

Members of the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee (September 2014)

The EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee consists of 12 representatives from the EEA EFTA side and 12 representatives from the EU side.

Icelandic delegation

  • Mr Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Independence Party 
  • Mr Árni Páll Árnason, Social Democratic Alliance
  • Ms Katrin Jakobsdóttir, Left-Green Movement
  • Mr Vilhjálmur Bjarnason, Independence Party
  • Mr Willum Þór Þórsson, Progressive Party

 

Alternate members

  • Mr Birgir Ármannsson, Independence party
  • Ms Bjarkey Gunnarsdóttir, Left-Green Movement
  • Ms Elín Hirst, Independence Party
  • Mr Karl Garðarsson, Progressive Party
  • Ms Katrín Júlíusdóttir, Social Democratic Alliance 

     

 Liechtenstein delegation

  • Mr Elfried Hasler, Progressive Citizens' Party
  • Mr Harry Quaderer, Independent

 

Alternate members

  • Mr Manfred Kaufmann, Patriotic Union
  • Mr Eugen Nägele, Progressive Citizens' Party
     

Norwegian delegation

  • Mr Svein Roald Hansen, Labour Party (Vice-President of the EEA JPC)
  • Mr Gunnar Gundersen, Conservative Party
  • Ms Marianne Aasen, Labour Party
  • Mr Nikolai Astrup, Conservative Party
  • Mr Jørund Rytman, Progress Party
  • Mr Geir Toskedal, Christian Democratic Party

 

Alternate members

  • Ms Irene Johansen, Labour Party
  • Mr Fredric Holen Bjørdal, Labour Party
  • Ms Jette F. Christensen, Labour Party
  • Ms Elin Rodum Agdestein, Conservative Party
  • Mr Ove Bernt Trellevik, Conservative Party
  • Mr Hans Andreas Limi, Progress Party
  • Mr Harald T. Nesvik, Progress Party
  • Ms Liv-Signe Navarsete, Centre Party
  • Mr Sveinung Rotevatn, Liberal Party
  • Mr Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås, Socialist Left Party

 

The Swiss Members of Parliament in the EFTA Parliamentary Committee are invited as observers in the EEA Joint Parliamentary meetings.

Swiss delegation

  • Ms Kathy Riklin, Christian Democratic Party
  • Mr Thomas Aeschi, Swiss People's Party
  • Mr Didier Berberat, Social Democratic Party
  • Mr Ignazio Cassis, FDP. The Liberals
  • Mr Konrad Graber, Christian Democratic Party

 

Alternate members

  • Mr Hannes Germann, Swiss People's Party
  • Mr Jean-François Rime, Swiss People's Party
  • Ms Karin Keller-Sutter, FDP. The Liberals
  • Mr Jacques-André Maire, Social Democratic Party
  • Mr Eric Nussbaumer, Social Democratic Party

 

European Parliament delegation

  • Mr Pat the Cope Gallagher (ALDE, Ireland) (President of the EEA JPC)
  • Ms Anna Hedh (S&D, Sweden)
  • Mr Thomas Ulmer (EPP, Germany)
  • Ms Zuzana Brzobohatá (S&D, Czech Republic)
  • Ms Elzbieta Sidonia Jedrzejewska (EPP, Poland)
  • Mr David Campbell Bannerman (ECR, United Kingdom)
  • Ms Silvana Koch-Mehrin (ALDE, Germany)
  • Mr Constantin Petru Luhan (EPP, Romania)
  • Ms Arlene McCarthy (S&D, United Kingdom)
  • Mr Paul Rübig (EPP, Austria)
  • Ms Catherine Stihler (S&D, United Kingdom)
  • Mr Theodor Dumitru Stolojan (EPP, Romania)
  • Mr Indrek Tarand (Greens/EFA, Estonia)
  • Mr Corneliu Vadim Tudor (NI, Romania)
  • Mr Philippe de Villiers (EFD, France)
  • Ms Sabine Wils (GUE/NGL, Germany)

 

The EP delegates are members both of the EEA JPC and the SIN (Switzerland/Iceland/Norway) bilateral delegation.

 

See also the EFTA Advisory Bodies pages for more information.