• EEA Joint Committee incorporates directive on bank recovery   09.02.2018
    The meeting was chaired by Ms Angelina Eichhorst, Director at the European External Action Service.

    The Standing Committee and the Joint Committee held their first meetings of 2018 in Brussels on 8 and 9 February respectively. At the Joint Committee meeting, 34 joint committee decisions (JCDs) were adopted, incorporating 51 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement, including a directive on bank recovery.

  • EEA seminar clarifies market implications of the EEA Agreement   07.02.2018
    Head of Communication Thorfinnur Omarsson, Director of Goods Division Brit Helle and Deputy Secretary-General Dag Wernø Holter answered questions from the audience.

    On 6 February 2018, the EFTA Secretariat organised an introductory seminar focusing on how the EEA Agreement works and its market implications.

  • Incoming Standing Committee Chair and EU outline priorities for 2018   15.12.2017
    The Head of the Mission of Liechtenstein to the European Union, Ambassador Sabine Monauni, chaired the last EEA Joint Committee meeting of the year.

    The Standing Committee of the EFTA States and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 14 and 15 December 2017 respectively. At its 219th meeting – the last one of the year – the EEA Joint Committee adopted 40 decisions incorporating 100 legal acts into the EEA Agreement.

  • EEA Ministers discuss Brexit and European data economy   14.11.2017
    Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland; Aurelia Frick, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein; Marit Berger Røsland, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs of Norway; and Sven Mikser, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia

    At the 48th meeting of the EEA Council, held in Brussels on 14 November 2017, Ministers discussed the European data economy and possible implications of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on the revision of EU Regulations on vehicle safety   27.10.2017

    On 27 October Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the possible review of the General Safety Regulation and the Pedestrian Safety Regulation.

  • New College at EFTA Surveillance Authority   25.10.2017
    From left: Högni S. Kristjánsson, Bente Angell-Hansen and Frank J. Büchel.

    On 25 October, the EEA EFTA States appointed a new College of the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA). Its members will take up their work on 1 January 2018 under the presidency of Ms Bente Angell-Hansen (Norway).

  • EEA Joint Committee incorporates directives on package travel and copyright management into the EEA Agreement   22.09.2017
    The Ambassador of Liechtenstein to Belgium and Head of the Mission of Liechtenstein to the European Union, Sabine Momauni, chaired the 215th EEA Joint Committee meeting.

    The EEA Joint Committee adopted 41 decisions incorporating 90 legal acts into the EEA Agreement during its meeting on 22 September 2017. The acts included directives on copyright management and package travel.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on ePrivacy   22.09.2017

    On 22 September Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications(COM(2017) 10 final).

  • EEA EFTA Comment on the proposed European Solidarity Corps   21.09.2017

    On 18 September 2017 Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on a proposal for a new founding regulation laying down the legal framework of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC).

  • EFTA hosts biannual seminar on the EEA   13.09.2017
    Carsten Zatschler, Director of Legal and Executive Affairs, EFTA Surveillance Authority

    On 12 September 2017, 135 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, European External Action Service, EFTA Surveillance Authority and EFTA Court gave presentations on the day-to-day operation and management of the EEA Agreement. Topics discussed included the history behind the Agreement, the legal framework, recent developments in the EEA and potential future challenges.