EEA Consultative Committee adopts resolutions on European Labour Authority and Benefits of 25 years of the EEA

Published 23-05-2019
From left: Ms Kinga Joó (EESC) and Mr Halldór Grönvold (EFTA CC)
Social partners from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) convened in Brussels on 23 May for the 27th meeting of the EEA Consultative Committee (EEA CC).

The meeting was co-chaired by Halldór Grönvold, Chair of the EFTA Consultative Committee, and Kinga Joó (EESC). The EEA CC adopted two reports and resolutions; one on the European Labour Authority, and one on the benefits of 25 years of the agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).

European Labour Authority

The resolution on the European Labour Authority was drafted by the co-rapporteurs, Vladimíra Drbalová, representing employers (EESC, Czech Republic) and Robert Hansen, representing workers (EFTA CC, Norway). The resolution highlights that “the work of the European Labour Authority must respect the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality,” and “calls on the EEA EFTA States to consider the Regulation EEA-relevant and incorporate it as soon as possible.”

The resolution also calls for full implementation of EEA labour law and reaffirms the importance of a proper and effective implementation of labour rules for a well-functioning EEA internal market”. Furthermore, it stresses the importance of social dialogue, and the role social partners play in the implementation of labour policies.

Find the report and resolution in full here.

Benefits of 25 years of the EEA Agreement

The EEA CC resolution and report on the Benefits of 25 years of the EEA Agreement was presented by co-rapporteurs Judy McKnight (EESC, United Kingdom) and Halldór Árnason, (EFTA CC, Iceland). The resolution emphasises that the EEA Agreement is much more than only a free trade agreement, pointing to EEA EFTA participation in programmes and cooperation beyond the four freedoms. The agreement is also central in ensuring a future level playing field and mutual market access for citizens and economic operators throughout the EEA.”

Furthermore, the resolution points to the fact that “the development of the Internal Market has not reached its end stage and that there is room for improvement, notably in the field of services.” It also highlights the need for a deepened focus on digital issues, the importance of implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for the EEA, and a more equitable sharing of the benefits of the Internal Market.

Moreover, it also raises concerns about the fact that “social issues, such as violation of workers’ rights, social dumping, social fraud and work-related crime leads to a lack of trust in the EU,” and encourages “a strong focus on the social dimension of the Internal Market and on upholding the European social model.”

Find the report and resolution in full here.



Find more pictures from the meeting here.

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