EEA Joint Committee incorporates decision on participation in the European Solidarity Corps

Published 08-05-2019
From left: EFTA Secretary General, Henri Gétaz, EEA EFTA Chair, Ambassador Sabine Monauni and Deputy Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein, Stefan Barriga
The EFTA Standing Committee and EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 7 and 8 May respectively. The EEA Joint Committee adopted 30 decisions incorporating 52 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement.

Among these decisions is Decision No 136/2019 amending Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement, on cooperation in specific fields outside the four freedoms. This decision extends the cooperation to include the EEA EFTA countries’ participation in the European Solidarity Corps.

The European Solidarity Corps is an initiative creating opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects that benefit communities and people around Europe. These projects are run by organisations which have been checked and authorised and cover a wide variety of topics such as helping rebuild schools or community centres after an earthquake, providing support to newly arrived asylum seekers, clearing vegetation from forests to help prevent wildfires, or working with disabled people in a community centre.

The EEA Joint Committee is responsible for the management of the EEA Agreement. It is a forum in which views are exchanged and decisions are taken by consensus to incorporate EU legislation into the EEA Agreement.

Statement on the 3rd Energy Package

At the Joint Committee meeting, the EEA EFTA States delivered a statement to the EU on the application of the Third Energy Package, underlining that the applicable provisions "affect in no way the full sovereign control of the EEA EFTA States over their energy resources and the authority on how they shall be utilized and managed." Read the full statement here.

Find pictures from both meetings here.

Provisional texts of EEA Joint Committee Decisions in 2019.

List of adopted Joint Committee Decisions (JCDs).

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