The functioning of the EEA Agreement and how to build long-term competitiveness in the Internal Market in the face of global challenges were the key topics discussed during the 56th meeting of the European Economic Area (EEA) Council which took place on 24 May 2023 in Brussels.
During the meeting, the EEA EFTA States emphasised the need to ensure the EEA’s continued success in a rapidly changing world. They also highlighted their determination to collaborate with the EU to further facilitate the green transition and speed up the digitalisation of industry and public services.
During the informal political dialogue that preceded the EEA Council meeting, the discussion centred around two topics: the war in Ukraine and foreign policy with a focus on China.
The EEA Council was chaired by Ms Jessika Roswall, Minister for EU Affairs of Sweden representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Ms Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Ms Dominique Hasler, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein, and Ms Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland attended; as well as Vice President Šefčovič and representatives of the European External Action Service.
The EEA Council meets twice a year and provides the political impetus for the development of the EEA Agreement. The EEA EFTA States are represented in the EEA Council by their respective foreign ministers. The European Union is represented by the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, as well as representatives of the European Commission.
The next EEA Council meeting will take place in autumn 2023.
EEA EFTA Statement on the occasion of the EEA Council on 24 May 2023
High resolution photos from the meeting
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