On 28 September 2015, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on the European Commission’s Communication on Better Regulation for Better Results – An EU Agenda.
Two key EU directives introducing new and revised rules for the handling of industrial emissions and animal by-products were among the 69 legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement by the EEA Joint Committee on 25 September.
On 2 September 2015, 125 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 17 July 2005, the EEA EFTA countries initialled a draft agreement with the EU on new financial contributions to reduce social and economic disparities and promote cooperation in Europe for the period 2014–2021.
On 16 July 2015, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment to the European Commission’s forthcoming strategy for goods and services. The EEA EFTA States emphasise their commitment to a well-functioning Single Market as a key driver in boosting economic growth and jobs throughout Europe.
The 2015 edition of the EFTA Bulletin focuses on the EEA Agreement from a historical perspective, explains the process of incorporating EU legal acts into the Agreement and outlines current and future challenges for the EEA.
An EU decision on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall service was among the 25 legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement by the EEA Joint Committee on 10 July 2015.
On 15 June 2015, the EFTA Secretariat organised a policy seminar focusing on the importance of the Internal Market for growth in Europe, with keynote speeches by Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, and Andreas Schwab MEP.
A regulation concerning novel foods and novel food ingredients was among the 57 legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement by the EEA Joint Committee on 11 June 2015.
On 10 June, EFTA unveiled a major upgrade of its EEA-Lex service, offering improved search functionalities and individual web pages for each legal act. EEA-Lex is an interactive tool offering information on EU law that has been extended to the European Economic Area (EEA) or is under consideration for extension.