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’
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.
EEA Joint Committee incorporates further acts in financial services and company law
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.
EEA EFTA Comments on the European Supervisory Authorities and ESRB
EEA seminar attracts trade audience in Geneva
On 17 April 2018, for the first time in Geneva, the EFTA Secretariat organised an introductory seminar focusing on how the EEA Agreement functions and its market implications.