EFTA Seminar attracts great interest from the EU side

Published 04-02-2015
Dag Wernø Holter, Deputy Secretary-General, EFTA Secretariat
On 4 February 2015, 70 participants from both the public and private sectors met at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels for an introductory seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA). Representatives of the EFTA Secretariat, Financial Mechanism Office (FMO), EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) and EFTA Court gave presentations on the day-to-day operation and management of the EEA Agreement, including recent developments and challenges.

This introductory seminar is in particular intended for those who work on EEA-related matters in national administrations, EU and EFTA institutions, permanent representations and missions to the EU, or in other organisations. This year, the number of participants from the EU Member States was record high, which shows an increased interest in the EEA Agreement.

The seminar is held twice a year, the next taking place in September 2015.


EFTA would like to thank all the speakers and participants for making the seminar a success.

Seminar Programme

List of presentations

The EEA Agreement: background, developments and challenges (Tore Grønningsæter, EFTA Secretariat)

How EU law becomes EEA law (Dóra Sif Tynes, Head of Legal Services, EFTA Secretariat)

How EEA and Norway Grants reduce disparities and strengthen cooperation in Europe (Bjarni Vestmann, FMO)

How EEA law is enforced (Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl, EFTA Surveillance Authority)

How EEA law is interprested (Gunnar Selvik, EFTA Court)