EEA Joint Committee adopts decisions on climate and financial services

Published 10-12-2021
On 10 December 2021, the EEA Joint Committee met to adopt 60 Joint Committee Decisions (JCDs) incorporating 107 legal acts into the EEA Agreement.

On 10 December 2021, the EEA Joint Committee met to adopt 60 Joint Committee Decisions (JCDs) incorporating 107 legal acts into the EEA Agreement. After the last meeting was held in person at EFTA House, the latest EEA Joint Committee was once again held online.

President of the EEA Joint Committee and Ambassador of Norway, Rolf Einar Fife emphasised the long list of JCDs adopted in the meeting. Fife also drew attention to specific JCDs. “I would like to highlight the two regulations on CO2 emissions for heavy-duty vehicles and several important acts in the field of financial services, including acts from the Banking Reform Package,” said Fife.

Noting the decrease in outstanding JCDs over the past year, Ambassador Fife also drew attention to some important files yet to be adopted. “The EEA EFTA States would like to highlight the importance of progressing on the Regulation on personal consignments (the ‘Svalbard file’), the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the EASA Regulation. We furthermore hope that the Protocol 4 JCD can be adopted in the February meeting.”

In addition, Ambassador Fife noted the EEA EFTA Comment on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). “In this comment, the EEA EFTA States welcome the proposal and fully support its overall objective, which is to harmonise rules in support of contestable and fair digital markets in the EEA,” said Fife. He added that “The EEA EFTA States also believe that relevant authorities in the Member States should be more effectively involved in the monitoring and enforcement of the DMA”.

Priorities for the Liechtenstein Chairmanship
At the EFTA Standing Committee the day before, the Ambassador to the EU from Liechtenstein, Pascal Schafhauser presented the priorities for the chairmanship of the Standing Committee during the first half of 2022.

Ambassador Schafhauser emphasised that timely incorporation of new EEA and EU acts was a priority. “This includes ensuring the swift incorporation of COVID-19-related acts and other critical acts such as the review of the Regulations for the European Financial Supervisory Authorities (The ESAs review), the Taxonomy and Sustainable Finance Disclosure file, as well as processing older files,” said Schafhauser.

Furthermore, Ambassador Schafhauser highlighted the use of EFTA House for outreach to interested parties. He said, “Use the new EFTA House as a dynamic platform for outreach activities to enhance knowledge and understanding of the EEA Agreement among main interlocutors”. Finally, Ambassador Schafhauser underscored the need to “assess at an early stage possible two-pillar and other horizontal issues related to major pieces of new legislation”.

Liechtenstein Priorities for first half of 2022

List of Adopted Joint Committee Decisions in 2021

Angell-Hansen and Kristjansson here pictured at the EEA Council on 25 November 2021.

The meting was also the final one for Bente Angell-Hansen and Högni Kristjánsson as president and member of the College of ESA, here pictured at the EEA Council on 25 November 2021.

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