EEA seminar attracts trade audience in Geneva
On 17 April 2018, for the first time in Geneva, the EFTA Secretariat organised an introductory seminar focusing on how the EEA Agreement functions and its market implications.
Free trade negotiations between EFTA and Mercosur continue
The third round of free trade negotiations between EFTA and MERCOSUR States took place from 10 to 13 April 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
New EFTA Court Judge: ”A constant challenge is to maintain the homogeneity of European law throughout the EEA.”
The EEA EFTA States have appointed Dr. jur. Bernd Hammermann as the Judge to the EFTA Court. Hammermann, who was nominated by Liechtenstein, took the oath as Judge of the EFTA Court on 9 April 2018. He succeeds Senior Judge, and former President, Carl Baudenbacher. He spoke to the EFTA Newsletter about his new position at the EFTA Court.
Incorporation of the GDPR into the EEA Agreement
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 will go into force in the EU on 25 May 2018. A draft Joint Committee Decision (JCD) is under consideration by the EU and the EEA EFTA States with the aim of being incorporated into the EEA Agreement on 1 June. The EFTA Secretariat was interviewed by the legal journal LexisNexis about how the incorporation will be implemented.
EFTA Parliamentary Committee members discuss Brexit with counterparts in the UK
A delegation of 19 members of the EFTA Parliamentary Committee (PC) met their counterparts in the Parliament of the United Kingdom (UK) and together they held a series of meetings with other high-ranking officials and stakeholders, during a three-day visit to London on 19-21 March. The main purpose of the visit is to discuss future trade relations between the UK and the EFTA States after Brexit.
EFTA’s Annual Report for 2017 published
The 57th Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association has been published. The report contains an overview of the functions and activities of EFTA throughout 2017 in the areas of managing the EEA Agreement, EFTA’s worldwide network of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and the EFTA Convention.
The EEA Joint Committee incorporates significant number of acts in financial services
The Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 22 and 23 March respectively. At the Joint Committee meeting, 42 joint committee decisions (JCDs) were adopted incorporating 95 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement. A substantial number of the acts were within the field of financial services.
Full house at EEA book launch
On 14 March 2018, the EFTA Secretariat and The EFTA Surveillance Authority organised a book launch on the “Agreement on the European Economic Area. A Commentary”.
EEA EFTA Comment on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism
On 15 March 2018, the EEA EFTA States issued an EEA EFTA Comment addressing the European Parliament and the Council's proposal to amend the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM).
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