On 27 March, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on a European Commission proposal to re-establish the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).
The Standing Committee of the EFTA States and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 16 and 17 March 2017 respectively. In the Joint Committee meeting, 22 decisions were adopted incorporating 69 legal acts into the EEA Agreement.
Effective as of 14 March 2017, Iceland has lifted capital controls imposed as a stabilising measure during the country’s financial crisis in 2008. This represents the completion of Iceland’s return to international financial markets.
Iceland signed the Joint Initiative on Standardisation in the meeting of the European Commission’s Committee on Standards which took place in Brussels on 9 March, thus joining Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein in committing to this Initiative.
On 10 March, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on making CE marked fertilising products available on the market.
On 9 March, the Minister of Social Affairs and Equality of Iceland, Thorsteinn Víglundsson, met with EFTA's Deputy Secretary-General Dag W. Holter in Brussels to discuss the role of the EFTA Secretariat and the EEA Agreement
Iceland is to become the first country to make employers prove they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality. In this context, a half-day seminar on an “Equal Pay Management System – The Icelandic Model” was presented by the Minister of Social Affairs and Equality, on Thursday 9 March 2017 at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels.
On 7 March Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint Comment on a European Commission proposal for a new founding regulation on CEDEFOP - the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.
On 7 February 2017, 120 participants from both the public and private sectors met at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels for an introductory seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA).
The EFTA Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee held their first meetings of 2017 in Brussels on 2 and 3 February respectively. The Standing Committee, chaired this semester by Norway, heard reports from the delegations on recent high-level meetings.