On 19 November 2014, the EFTA Parliamentary and Consultative Committees met with EEA EFTA Ministers in Brussels. This annual meeting takes place in connection with the EEA Council and provides an opportunity for the two advisory bodies to discuss the latest developments in the EEA with the Ministers.
At the 42nd meeting of the EEA Council, held in Brussels on 19 November 2014, Ministers discussed EEA EFTA participation in the European Supervisory Authorities for financial markets, the incorporation of legal acts into the EEA Agreement and the continuation of the EEA financial mechanism for another term.
On 13 November 2014, nine legal EU acts were incorporated into the EEA Agreement. Among these were two regulations establishing the EU Health Programme and the EU Consumer Programme and a decision on enhanced cooperation between European public employment services (see separate news release).
On 13 November 2014, an EU decision on enhanced cooperation between European Public Employment Services was incorporated into the EEA Agreement by written procedure.
On 6 November 2014, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment to the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European network of Employment Services, workers’ access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets.
On 24 October 2014, the EEA EFTA States incorporated 68 legal acts into the EEA Agreement, including an EU regulation on the labelling of foodstuffs.
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.