• General Data Protection Regulation incorporated into the EEA Agreement   06.07.2018
    From left: Oda Sletnes, Ambassador of Norway and Chair of the Joint Committee, Kristinn F. Árnason, EFTA Secretary-General, Dag Wernø Holter, EFTA Deputy Secretary-General.

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was among 69 EU legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement by the EEA Joint Committee in Brussels on 6 July 2018. The regulation will enter into force in all three EEA EFTA States mid-July.

  • Workshop on how to influence EEA legislation   27.06.2018
    Icelandic Ambassador to the EU Bergdís Ellertsdóttir

    On 14 June 2018, more than 100 participants, mainly from the EFTA Member States, took part in a full-day workshop on decision shaping in the EEA.

  • EFTA Working Group discuss Financial Technology   18.06.2018
    The Principality of Liechtenstein hosted around 40 experts from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    On 12 and 13 June 2018 the EFTA Financial Services Working Group met in Liechtenstein to discuss challenges and opportunities within the field of financial technology (FinTech).

  • EEA EFTA Comment on the EU Cybersecurity Agency (ENISA) and the Cybersecurity Act   06.06.2018

    On 6 June 2018, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) ( the ‘EU Cybersecurity Agency’) and repealing Regulation (EU) 526/2013 , and on the Information and Communication Technology cybersecurity certification (“Cybersecurity Act”) (COM(2017) 477 final).

  • EEA EFTA Comment on the ‘Goods Package’   05.06.2018

    On 4 June 2018, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the Goods Package consisting of a proposal for a Regulation on the Mutual Recognition of Goods (COM(2017)796) and a proposal for a Regulation on Compliance and Enforcement (COM(2017)795).

  • The EEA Joint Committee incorporates 22 EMIR acts   31.05.2018
    Mr Jérémie Viailly, Budget Officer in the MFF unit in DG Budget, European Commission, provided a briefing on the new proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027.

    The Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 31 May. At the Joint Committee meeting, 20 joint committee decisions (JCDs) were adopted incorporating 40 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement, including a package of 22 level 2 acts related to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) that was incorporated into the Agreement in 2017.

  • EEA Ministers discuss Brexit and ESAs   23.05.2018
    From left:  Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Michel Barnier, Chief Brexit Negotiator of the EU.

    At the 49th meeting of the EEA Council, which took place in Brussels on 23 May 2018, EEA EFTA Ministers discussed the implications for the EEA Agreement of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU with their EU counterparts. The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) were also on the agenda.

  • EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee discusses mobility and cybersecurity   14.05.2018
    Centered: Mr Svein Roald Hansen, Member of the Norwegian Parliament, briefs the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee on the EU Mobility Package.

    Members of the European Parliament and parliamentarians of the EEA EFTA States met in Norway on 7 and 8 May to discuss Brexit and the EEA, cybersecurity, the Energy Union and the EU Mobility Package.

  • Brexit and European Supervisory Authorities on the agenda for the EEA Council   07.05.2018

    The 49th EEA Council will take place on 23 May 2018 in Brussels. The EEA Council meets twice a year at ministerial level and provides political impetus for the development of the EEA Agreement.

  • EEA Joint Committee incorporates further acts in financial services and company law   27.04.2018
    The EEA EFTA Chair, Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir, was pleased to see a reduction in the backlog.

    The Standing Committee of the EFTA States and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 26 and 27 April respectively. At the Joint Committee meeting, 26 decisions (JCDs) were adopted incorporating 55 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement. The Joint Committee continues to incorporate acts in the field of financial services, hence reducing the number of acts outstanding within this field.

Seminar on the European Economic Area - Brussels 13 September 2018