EEA seminar attracts trade audience in Geneva

Published 17-04-2018
Head of Communication Thorfinnur Omarsson moderated the first EEA seminar in Geneva, Switzerland.
On 17 April 2018, for the first time in Geneva, the EFTA Secretariat organised an introductory seminar focusing on how the EEA Agreement functions and its market implications.

The biannual seminar, which takes place twice per year at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels, was also organised for the first time in Geneva.  This additional location allowed for more than 70 participants from both the public and private sectors across Switzerland and Europe to attend. 

The seminar is designed to provide understanding of the Agreement on the European Economic Area which extends the Internal Market of the European Union to three of the EFTA States: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.  

Representatives of the EFTA Secretariat, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) and the EFTA Court gave presentations on the day-to-day operation and management of the EEA Agreement, including recent developments and challenges. A recurrent question in the debate concerned Brexit and future relations between the UK and the EFTA Member States.

Please find links to the various presentations below.
Introduction to the EEA Agreement - Dag Wernø Holter, Deputy Secretary-General, EFTA Secretariat
How the EEA Agreement works - Brit Helle, Director of Goods Division,  EFTA Secretariat
How EU law becomes EEA law - Kyrre Isaksen, Head of EEA Legal Coordination, EFTA Secretariat
How EEA law is enforced - Catherine Howdle, Deputy Director of Legal & Executive Affairs, EFTA Surveillance Authority
How EEA law is interpreted - Gunnar Selvik, Registrar, EFTA Court


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Head of Information and Communication
Secretary-General's Office

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