EEA Council discusses Brexit and the European Pillar of Social Rights
EEA EFTA Comment regarding better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules
On 19 November 2018, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive regarding better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules. The Comment was addressed to the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission.
Brexit and the European Pillar of Social Rights on the agenda for the EEA Council
The 50th EEA Council will take place on 20 November 2018 in Brussels. The EEA Council meets twice a year at ministerial level and provides political impetus for the development of the EEA Agreement.
EFTA and the Philippines hold trade promotion seminars
The EFTA – Philippines Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force for the Philippines, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland on 1 June 2018. In this regard, EFTA and the Philippines jointly held a series of trade promotion seminars to introduce the provisions of the FTA and the opportunities it provides. The seminars were held on 5 November in Cebu, on 7 November in Davao and on 9 November 2018 in Manila. There is great interest in the new FTA and the seminars were well attended with a total of about 300 participants from private companies and government authorities.
EFTA Council prepares for winter Ministerial meeting
The EFTA Council met in Geneva on 8 November 2018 for its eight meeting in 2018.
Annual EFTA-ECOFIN meeting focuses on financial technology and the FinTech Action Plan
EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy discussed the economic, financial and political situation in Europe at their annual EFTA-ECOFIN meeting in Brussels on 6 November 2018. This year, particular attention was given to financial technology and the European FinTech Action Plan. The three EEA EFTA Ministers also discussed Brexit and legal incorporation with the EU Commission’s Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.
EEA EFTA Comments on Horizon Europe and the Digital Europe programme for 2021-2027
On 31 October 2018, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted two joint EEA EFTA Comments. The Comments, concerning Horizon Europe and the Digital Europe programme, both for the period 2021-2027 were addressed to the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission.
New deposit of EFTA archives available for researchers
This month, a new deposit of EFTA’s historical archives has been made available for researchers at the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) in Florence.