• EEA EFTA Comment on maritime transport safety   05.01.2017

    On 6 January 2017, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment in response to the public consultation on the fitness of EU legislation for maritime transport safety and efficiency.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on contract rules for online purchases   21.12.2016

    On 21 December 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on two European Commission proposals aimed at creating harmonised rules to increase consumer trust in the Digital Single Market by providing a high level of consumer protection.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on market surveillance   21.12.2016

    On 21 December, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint Comment on the evaluation of the market surveillance provisions of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 and on actions to enhance enforcement and compliance in the Single Market for goods.

  • EFTA experts discuss European Accessibility Act with the European Commission   09.12.2016
    From left: Nadine Dünner, EFTA Secretariat, Haakon Aspelund (Norway), Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group on Accessibility (SAGA),  Sebastien Morard (Switzerland) Thomas Näf (Liechtenstein), Chair of the TBT Committee.

    The Working Group on Gender Equality, Anti-Discrimination and Family Policy (GEADFP) and the EFTA Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Committee) met with experts from the European Commission in Brussels on 7 December to discuss the European Accessibility Act (EAA). The meeting was also attended by experts from ministries in the EEA EFTA States via videolink.

  • EEA EFTA experts invite Chair of IMCO Vicky Ford MEP to exchange views on recent legislative proposals affecting consumers and businesses   01.12.2016
    MEP Vicky Ford (right), Chair of IMCO speaking to the the joint Working Groups on Consumer and Enterprise at the EFTA Secretariat.

    On 1 December, Ms Vicky Ford MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), was invited to the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels to exchange views on recent European Commission proposals and initiatives, including legislative proposals on geo-blocking, consumer protection cooperation (CPC) and the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) to the benefit of consumers and businesses.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on regulatory framework for construction products   30.11.2016

    On 28 November, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on the regulatory framework for construction products and the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 on Construction Products (CPR). The comment is supported by Switzerland.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on Commission proposal to improve the Services Directive   20.11.2016

    EEA EFTA Comment addressing the European Commission’s preparatory work on a legal proposal aimed at improving the notification procedure for national legislation pursuant to Articles 15(7) and 39(5) of the Services Directive.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on review of EU Macro-prudential Policy Framework   18.11.2016

    The EEA EFTA States have issued an EEA EFTA Comment addressing the European Commission’s public consultation on the review of the EU Macro-prudential Policy Framework. The consultation also raises the issue of revisions to the Regulation setting up the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).

  • EEA Council discusses collaborative economy in the Single Market   15.11.2016
    From left: Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liechtenstein; Mr Lukas Parizek, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic; Ms Elisabeth Vik Aspaker, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Norway; Mr Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland.

    At the 46th meeting of the EEA Council, held in Brussels on 15 November 2016, Ministers discussed cooperation within the European Economic Area, focusing on the importance of maintaining and further developing a homogeneous Internal Market as an engine for growth. An orientation debate was held on the European Commission’s new strategy for the Single Market, including the collaborative economy.

  • EEA EFTA Forum adopts opinion on education   15.11.2016
    Jon Askeland, Radøy municipality, rapporteur for the EEA EFTA Forum's opinion on education (Photo credit:  Radøy County)

    On 14 November, the EEA EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities met in Brussels to discuss ongoing developments in the European Economic Area, and adopted an opinion on education.