This second edition of the Handbook on the EEA EFTA procedures for incorporating EU acts into the EEA Agreement reflects changes made following the 2016 review, namely a reduction in the number of forms used for the processing of acts, and an updated list of categories of acts subject to the fast-track procedure. These changes apply from today, 24 October 2016.
On 27 September 2016, the EFTA Secretariat organised a policy seminar focusing on how banking sector policy in the EEA EFTA States is affected by their full participation in the Internal Market in financial services, whilst being permanently excluded from the single currency and the Banking Union.
The EEA Joint Committee has today adopted nine decisions by written procedure incorporating 31 legal acts into the EEA Agreement, all relating to the European financial supervisory framework.
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.