EEA Joint Committee incorporates 81 legal acts into the EEA Agreement

Published 08-12-2023

On 8 December, the EEA Joint Committee convened at EFTA House in Brussels for its eighth and last meeting of 2023.  Liechtenstein’s Ambassador and the EFTA Chair, Pascal Schafhauser, presided over the meeting. Nicolas von Lingen of the Secretariat-General of the European Commission co-chaired the meeting on behalf of the EU.  

The Committee adopted 47 Joint Committee Decisions, incorporating 81 legal acts into the EEA Agreement. Among them were several important decisions related to maritime safety, energy, and aviation.  

In his opening remarks as Chair, Ambassador Schafhauser highlighted the previous week’s agreement on the EEA and Norway Grants, and in parallel on market access for fisheries products, ensuring another funding period for the cohesion initiative that forms part of the EEA Agreement. 

“This achievement represents another milestone in our longstanding partnership, and I would like to thank you for the excellent cooperation on this issue”, stated the Ambassador. 

Ambassador Schafhauser also highlighted the two EEA EFTA Comments submitted to the EU since the last Joint Committee meeting: on the Maritime Safety Package and on the proposal for a revised driving licence directive. 

“Overall, the EEA EFTA States emphasise the importance of giving flexibility to the relevant national authorities to enable a sustainable risk-based approach, and to ensure a high level of safety for all EEA-flagged ships”, said the Ambassador, referring to the Maritime Safety Package.

So far in 2023, a total 621 legal acts have been incorporated into the EEA Agreement. 

The EEA Joint Committee is responsible for the management of the EEA Agreement and is a forum in which views are exchanged and decisions taken by consensus to incorporate EU legislation into the EEA Agreement. The Committee comprises the ambassadors of the EEA EFTA States and representatives of the Secretariat-General of the European Commission.

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