The EFTA Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 17 and 18 March 2016 respectively. At the Joint Committee, the EU side gave an update on the EU-US negotiations on TTIP.
On 23 February, the EFTA Parliamentary Committee held a full day of meetings to discuss current trade issues with, among others, the European Commissioner for Trade, Ms Cecilia Malmström.
On 22 February 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted an EEA EFTA comment on possible EU action to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working parents and caregivers.
More than 90 participants from various European institutions, government agencies, diplomatic missions, companies and academic institutions were gathered in Luxembourg on 18 February for an Introductory Seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA).
In the recently adopted Single Market Strategy for goods and services, the European Commission has presented an action on a joint initiative on European standardisation. The action shows strong political support for standardisation and aims to modernise the European Standardisation System. On behalf of the four EFTA States, the EFTA Secretariat cooperates closely with the Commission and the European standardisation community in the standardisation area and is playing an active part in the development of the joint initiative.
The EFTA Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 4 and 5 February 2016 respectively.
On 3 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).
On 1 February, the EEA-Lex service was upgraded to offer new functionalities, such as graphical timelines, quick and advanced search forms, and the inclusion of proposed EU acts with possible EEA relevance.
On 1 January 2016, the next phase of the EU programme helping governments to modernise their administrations and provide interoperable digital services will begin. Iceland and Norway have expressed their wish be on board from the start.
At a launch event hosted by the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels, the President of the EFTA Court, Carl Baudenbacher presented "The Handbook of EEA Law", a comprehensive examination of law encompassed by the EEA Agreement.