On 15 July 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on the European Commission’s forthcoming proposal to introduce a services passport.
The EEA Policy Seminar will take place on Tuesday, 27 September at the EFTA Secretariat’s premises in Brussels.
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.
The 146th meeting of EFTA’s Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Committee) took place in Brussels on 2 June. Representatives of the European Commission informed the Committee about the Standardisation Package adopted by the Commission the previous day, as well as the Joint Initiative on Standardisation (JIS), in which EFTA has had an active role.
At its meeting on 3 June in Brussels, the EEA Joint Committee adopted 30 decisions incorporating 34 EU acts into the EEA Agreement, including one that provides for a new generation of digital tachographs for vehicles used for professional transport.
On 2 June 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted an EEA EFTA Comment on the proposal for a regulation on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The proposal was introduced by the European Commission in December 2015 and is currently being discussed in the European Parliament and the Council.
At the 45th meeting of the EEA Council, held in Brussels on 25 May 2016, Ministers discussed the signing of the new financial mechanisms and held an orientation debate on Better Regulation and its impact on the EEA.
The biannual introductory seminar on the EEA will take place on Thursday 8 September 2016 at the EFTA Secretariat's premises in Brussels.
The EEA EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have signed the new agreements with the EU on the Financial Mechanisms for the period 2014-2021.