General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force in the EEA
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 entered into force in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway on 20 July 2018.
General Data Protection Regulation incorporated into the EEA Agreement
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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.