On 24 March 2015, the EFTA Working Group on the Environment met to discuss the processing of environmental acquis and relevant policy developments. The meeting started with a presentation by Dr Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, on the Agency’s State of the Environment Report (SOER), which was published this month.
On 20 March 2015, the EEA Joint Committee adopted 40 decisions incorporating 61 legal acts into the EEA Agreement. Among them were the Regulation on the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) and the Decision on Serious Cross-border Threats to Health.
On 17 March 2015, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and parliamentarians from the EEA EFTA States – Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland – met in Fredrikstad to discuss developments in the EEA and other topical issues in the EU of relevance to the EEA EFTA States.
On 25 February 2015, the EEA Joint Committee adopted 33 decisions by written procedure, incorporating 49 legal acts into the EEA Agreement. Among these acts was the directive on certain permitted uses of orphan works.
On 4 February 2015, 70 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.
At the EEA Joint Committee meeting on 12 December 2014, the European Union gave the EEA EFTA States a briefing on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). During the same meeting, 67 legal acts were incorporated into the EEA Agreement, including the Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
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.