At the 45th meeting of the EEA Council, held in Brussels on 25 May 2016, Ministers discussed the signing of the new financial mechanisms and held an orientation debate on Better Regulation and its impact on the EEA.
The biannual introductory seminar on the EEA will take place on Thursday 8 September 2016 at the EFTA Secretariat's premises in Brussels.
The EEA EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have signed the new agreements with the EU on the Financial Mechanisms for the period 2014-2021.
Decisions on lower roaming prices, standardised mobile phone chargers and revised public procurement rules were among those adopted by the EEA Joint Committee on 29 April 2016. In total, 37 decisions were adopted incorporating 64 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement.
After intensive and technically complex negotiations on the formulation of the EEA adaptations to the European Union's financial supervisory system, the first draft Joint Committee Decisions (JCDs) for the incorporation of this regulatory framework into the EEA Agreement have now been submitted to the EU and the national parliaments in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
The EFTA Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 17 and 18 March 2016 respectively. At the Joint Committee, the EU side gave an update on the EU-US negotiations on TTIP.
On 23 February, the EFTA Parliamentary Committee held a full day of meetings to discuss current trade issues with, among others, the European Commissioner for Trade, Ms Cecilia Malmström.
On 22 February 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted an EEA EFTA comment on possible EU action to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working parents and caregivers.
More than 90 participants from various European institutions, government agencies, diplomatic missions, companies and academic institutions were gathered in Luxembourg on 18 February for an Introductory Seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA).
In the recently adopted Single Market Strategy for goods and services, the European Commission has presented an action on a joint initiative on European standardisation. The action shows strong political support for standardisation and aims to modernise the European Standardisation System. On behalf of the four EFTA States, the EFTA Secretariat cooperates closely with the Commission and the European standardisation community in the standardisation area and is playing an active part in the development of the joint initiative.