Members of the European Economic Area (EEA) Council will have an informal meeting through videoconference on 28 May 2021 under the presidency of Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal.
Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, will co-chair the meeting, which will also be attended by Dominique Hasler and Ine Eriksen Søreide, respectively Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein and of Norway. On the EU side, the meeting will also be attended by representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS).
The EEA Council will discuss the overall functioning of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) and the effect of COVID-19 on the Internal Market. Furthermore, they will have an orientation debate on strategic autonomy.
Members of the EEA Council are expected to adopt a joint statement addressing the following areas:
- Response to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Political dialogue
- Cooperation in the EEA
- Incorporation of EEA-relevant EU acts
- The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU and the EEA Agreement
- The development on the Internal Market and digital transformation
- The European Green Deal
- The social dimension
- EU programmes
- Financial mechanisms
- Agricultural trade
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