The new procedures are part of a larger project to increase efficiency when incorporating EU acts into the EEA Agreement.
This edition of the EFTA Bulletin outlines the new procedures to be followed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway when incorporating EU acts into the EEA Agreement. The procedures start on 20 October 2014.
On 30 September 2014, the EU regulation concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market was incorporated into the EEA Agreement.
On 25 September 2014, the EEA Joint Committee incorporated 60 legal acts into the EEA Agreement. Among these legal acts was the Directive on Supplementary Pension Rights.
On 4 September 2014, 130 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). Representatives of the EFTA Secretariat, Financial Mechanism Office (FMO), EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) and EFTA Court gave presentations on the day-to-day operation and management of the EEA Agreement, including recent developments and challenges.
On 17 July 2014, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment to the European Commission's proposals for actions in the field of product safety and market surveillance.
On 9 July 2014, the EEA EFTA States and the European Union adopted seven Joint Committee Decisions (JCDs) by written procedure incorporating 26 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement. Among these were the Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.
At its meeting on 27 June 2014, the EEA Joint Committee agreed to adopt 75 legal acts. Among them were EU programmes for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) and Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME), as well as a new General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER).
On 16 June 2014, Stefano Sannino, the Italian Ambassador to the European Union, presented the priorities for Italy’s Presidency of the Council of the EU at a breakfast meeting hosted by the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels.
On 28 May 2014, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA comment to the EU side on a recent proposal to establish a European platform to enhance cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work.