The EEA Joint Committee met for the fourth time in 2023 on 13 June in the EU Commission’s Berlaymont building in Brussels. The meeting was presided over by Nicolas von Lingen of the Secretariat-General of the European Commission. Norway’s Ambassador to the EU Rolf Einar Fife co-chaired the meeting on behalf of the EEA EFTA States.
In the meeting, 33 Joint Committee decisions were adopted, incorporating 55 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement. Among them are several important decisions, including the social security budget line and nine acts in the fields of energy, five in financial services, and seven in environment. After today’s meeting, the number of EU acts outstanding will go down to 465.
During the meeting Ambassador Rolf Einar Fife highlighted the recently published EEA EFTA Comment on the proposal for a European Media Freedom Act (or EMFA). He stressed how important it is for Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway that the European Media Freedom Act does not affect their possibilities to maintain or adopt even stricter or more detailed national rules to protect media freedom.
The EEA Joint Committee is responsible for the management of the EEA Agreement and is a forum in which views are exchanged and decisions are taken by consensus to incorporate EU legislation into the EEA Agreement. The committee is comprised of the ambassadors of the EEA EFTA States and representatives of the Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
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