EEA EFTA Forum of Elected Representatives of Local and Regional Authorities

The EEA EFTA Forum was set up by a decision of the Standing Committee of the EFTA States as an informal body to involve elected representatives from local and regional authorities in EEA matters. The Forum works closely with other EEA EFTA bodies and has established links with the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, an EU advisory body that was established in 1994 just after the signing of the EEA Agreement.

The Forum has twelve full members, six from Iceland and six from Norway. Switzerland observes the meeting but Liechtenstein has decided not to take part for the time being. 

Decision of the Standing Committee of the EFTA States No 10/2009/SC of 3 December 2009 establishing a Forum of Elected Representatives of Local and Regional Authorities of the EEA EFTA States

 

Members of the Forum

Iceland 

Ms Rakel Óskarsdóttir, Akraneskaupstaður Town Council (Vice-Chair)

Ms Þórdís Lóa Þórhallsdóttir, Reykjavík City Council

Mr Einar Már Sigurðarson, Councillor, Fjarðabyggð Municipal Council, President of the Regional Municipal Federation of Eastern Iceland

Ms Hilda Jana Gísladóttir, Councillor, Akureyrarbær Municipal Council, President of the Regional Municipal Federation of North-East Iceland

Mr Jóhann Friðrik Friðriksson, Councillor, Reykjanesbær Municipal Council, President of the Regional Municipal Federation of South-West Iceland

Ms Ásgerður Kristín Gylfadóttir, Chairman, Hornafjörður Municipal Council, President of the Regional Municipal Federation of South Iceland

 

Norway

Members

Ms Kari-Anne Opsal, Mayor, Harstad municipality

Mr Petter Sortland, Mayor, Høyanger municipality

Ms Beate Marie Dahl Eide, Mayor, Seljord municipality

Ms Gunhild Berge Stang, Member of the municipal council, Fjaler municipality      

Ms Hilde Onarheim, Member of the city council, Bergen municipality

Ms Tom Myrvold, Member of the municipal council, Ørland municipality

 

Substitutes

Mr Ådne Naper, Member of the county council, Vestfold and Telemark county

Mr Svein Larsen, Member of the city council, Sarpsborg

Mr Arne Bergsvåg, Deputy Mayor of Rogaland county

Mr Nils A. Røhne, Mayor of Stange municipality

Mr Hallstein Bjercke, Member of the city council, Oslo municipality

Ms Gunn Marit Helgesen, Member of the county council, Vestfold and Telemark county

Mr Tore Opdal Hansen, Member of the county council, Viken county

 

Switzerland (Observer)

Mr David Eray, Canton of Jura

Mr Didier Castella, Canton of Fribourg

 

Opinions adopted by the Forum

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