Handbook on EEA EFTA procedures – 2nd edition

Published 24-10-2016
This second edition of the Handbook on the EEA EFTA procedures for incorporating EU acts into the EEA Agreement reflects changes made following the 2016 review, namely a reduction in the number of forms used for the processing of acts, and an updated list of categories of acts subject to the fast-track procedure. These changes apply from today, 24 October 2016.
Maintaining a homogenous economic area is a constant challenge, and a considerable number of EEA-relevant acts are currently awaiting incorporation into the EEA Agreement. The “EEA Efficiency Project” was embarked upon following a request made by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to the EFTA Secretariat in the summer of 2013 to look into ways of processing and incorporating EEA-relevant acts in a more efficient manner. This request resulted in a new set of procedures, which were adopted by the EFTA Standing Committee in May 2014.
 
This EFTA Bulletin outlines these processes and serves as a reference tool for all those involved in the daily processing of EEA-relevant acts. For other readers, it will shed light on the procedures that are followed by the EEA EFTA States and the EFTA Secretariat. 
 
This second edition of the handbook represents an important first step towards further streamlining these procedures, resolving an issue which came to light during the 2016 review, namely the need to reduce the number of forms used for the processing of EU acts (cf. page 13). It also contains an updated list of categories of acts subject to the fast-track procedure, which includes seven new categories (cf. Appendix 2). The handbook can be downloaded from the EFTA website.
 
 
 

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