EFTA and Georgia hold a trade promotion seminar
EFTA States and Canada continue exploratory discussions
Delegations from the EFTA States and Canada met on 5 to 6 June 2018 in Ottawa, Canada, to further explore a possible modernisation and expansion of their existing free trade agreement. Ambassador Harald Aspelund from Iceland acted as EFTA Spokesperson, and Mr Louis Marcotte, Director General for Trade in Services, Investment and Intellectual Property, Global Affairs Canada, headed the Canadian delegation.
EFTA and Korea hold sixth Joint Committee meeting under Free Trade Agreement
Delegations from the EFTA States and the Republic of Korea convened in Geneva on 6 June 2018 for their sixth Joint Committee meeting under the EFTA – Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA), nearly 12 years after its entry into force in 2006.
EEA EFTA Comment on the EU Cybersecurity Agency (ENISA) and the Cybersecurity Act
On 6 June 2018, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) ( the ‘EU Cybersecurity Agency’) and repealing Regulation (EU) 526/2013 , and on the Information and Communication Technology cybersecurity certification (“Cybersecurity Act”) (COM(2017) 477 final).
Incorporation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into the EEA Agreement and continued application of Directive 95/46/EC
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 entered into force in the EU on 25 May 2018.
EEA EFTA Comment on the ‘Goods Package’
On 4 June 2018, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the Goods Package consisting of a proposal for a Regulation on the Mutual Recognition of Goods (COM(2017)796) and a proposal for a Regulation on Compliance and Enforcement (COM(2017)795).
Free trade negotiations between EFTA and Vietnam continue
From 29 May to 1 June 2018, delegations from the EFTA States and Vietnam met in Oslo, Norway, for the 16th round of negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement.
The EEA Joint Committee incorporates 22 EMIR acts
The Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 31 May. At the Joint Committee meeting, 20 joint committee decisions (JCDs) were adopted incorporating 40 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement, including a package of 22 level 2 acts related to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) that was incorporated into the Agreement in 2017.