The seminar is intended to provide professionals both inside and outside the European Union with an introduction to how the EEA functions, and how it integrates Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway into the EU’s Internal Market.
“During the last 25 years, Europe has undergone profound evolutions. In a world of constant change, the positive spirit of cooperation, but also the particular institutional features of the EEA have allowed for adaptations and pragmatic solutions to be found,” said EFTA Secretary-General Henri Gétaz in his opening remarks.
“The Agreement has significantly contributed to building a more competitive, predictable and prosperous Europe, with an extended homogenous single market in which goods, capital, services and persons move freely.”
Presentations were given by the EFTA Secretariat, the EEA and Norway Grants, the EFTA Statistical Office, the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the EFTA Court, to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the day-to-day operation and management of the EEA Agreement.
Focusing on how the EEA Agreement benefits both EEA EFTA and EU member states, the afternoon session included a presentation on how the EEA and Norway Grants reduce economic and social disparities in the EEA, EEA participation in EU programmes, and how the free movement of goods works in the EEA.
Special attention was paid to the area of standardisation by Jacob Mehus, the Director of Standards Norway, who explained the importance of standards and how they have increased labour productivity in the Nordic countries.
Links to the presentations can be found below:
EFTA and the EEA Agreement – Hege Marie Hoff
Incorporation: How EU law becomes EEA law – Audur Steinarsdóttir
Importance of Statistics in the EEA– Volker Täube
Surveillance: How EEA law is enforced – Catherine Howdle
Judicial control: How EEA law is interpreted – Olafur Einarsson
EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021– Árni Páll Árnason
How do goods move freely in the EEA? – Guðrún Rögnvaldardóttir
Benefits of Standards and Standardization – Jacob Mehus
EU MFF 2021-2027 – Participation of EFTA States in EU Programmes – Egill Eyjólfsson
Photos from the seminar can be found here.
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