The EFTA Standing Committee and EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 22 and 23 September 2016 respectively. At the Joint Committee meeting, 32 decisions were adopted incorporating 53 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement.
The EEA Policy Seminar will take place on Tuesday, 27 September at the EFTA Secretariat’s premises in Brussels.
On 8 September 2016, 135 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).
On 26 August 2016, the EEA EFTA States and the European Union adopted a Joint Committee Decision (JCD) incorporating the new Marine Equipment Directive into the EEA Agreement.
On 15 July 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on the European Commission’s forthcoming proposal to introduce a services passport.
On 1 July 2016, Iceland took over the rotating Chair of the EFTA Standing Committee for the second-half of the year. Among the key priorities in the work programme is to monitor the outcome of the UK's referendum on the EU.
On 4 July 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on the European Commission’s proposal to coordinate the use of the 700 MHz band for mobile services. The proposal aims at boosting mobile internet services with high-quality radio frequencies. It will improve internet access for all Europeans and help develop cross-border applications.
The 146th meeting of EFTA’s Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Committee) took place in Brussels on 2 June. Representatives of the European Commission informed the Committee about the Standardisation Package adopted by the Commission the previous day, as well as the Joint Initiative on Standardisation (JIS), in which EFTA has had an active role.
At its meeting on 3 June in Brussels, the EEA Joint Committee adopted 30 decisions incorporating 34 EU acts into the EEA Agreement, including one that provides for a new generation of digital tachographs for vehicles used for professional transport.
On 2 June 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted an EEA EFTA Comment on the proposal for a regulation on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The proposal was introduced by the European Commission in December 2015 and is currently being discussed in the European Parliament and the Council.