EFTA Consultative Committee submits recommendations on trade and sustainable development

Published 17-10-2019
On 14 and 15 October 2019, the EFTA Consultative Committee (EFTA CC) convened in Brussels for its 215th meeting.
On 14 and 15 October 2019, the EFTA Consultative Committee (EFTA CC) convened in Brussels for its 215th meeting. The main point on the agenda was to adopt common positions on proposed amendments to the trade and sustainable development (TSD) chapter in EFTA free trade agreements. This was introduced at the EFTA Ministerial in Malbun, Liechtenstein, in June 2019. The adopted positions are sent to the EFTA Council, which is the highest governing body of EFTA. The proposals will be discussed at the meeting between the EFTA advisory bodies and the Ministerial Chair of the EFTA Council on 20 November in Brussels.

 

The meeting also included a vibrant panel discussion on future challenges to the Single Market under the new EU institutional cycle. Participating panellists included: Mr Marius Vahl, Head of EEA Policy Coordination at EFTA; Malcolm Harbour, former MEP, author and expert on the Single Market; Mr Martynas Barysas, Director for Internal Market from BusinessEurope; and Mr Marco Cilento, Head of Institutional Policy from ETUC.

The Members of the Committee also had the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the composition of the new European Parliament and its ambitions in the field of employment and social affairs. Mr Davide Ferrari, Head of Research at the think-tank Vote Watch Europe and Ms Marianne Vind, MEP, Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, gave stimulating introductions which were followed by discussion.

The EFTA CC, which is an advisory body to EFTA, brings together representatives of trade union confederations and employers’ associations in the four EFTA countries. The Committee has a rotating chairmanship and in 2019 it is chaired by Halldór Grönvold, Deputy Secretary-General of the Icelandic Confederation of Labour. The next meeting of the EFTA CC will take place in Brussels on 19 to 20 November.

 

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