Hearing on EEA and Switzerland in European Parliament

Published 19-03-2013
A public hearing on the Internal Market in the EEA and Switzerland: Current State of Play and Future Challenges, took place in the European Parliament on 18 March.

The hearing of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) was organised in connection with an own-initiative report by the Polish MEP Rafal Trzaskowski (EPP). It provided various actors from the EFTA side with the opportunity to share their views on relations between the EFTA States and the European Union with the Committee which, given the growing prominence of the European Parliament as a co-legislator in the Internal Market, plays a crucial role in the development of the EEA and EU-Swiss relations. 
The hearing started with dedicated sessions on the free movement of goods and services and on public procurement and consumer protection. A panel discussion on future perspectives on the Internal Market in the EEA and Switzerland concluded the hearing. Most of the contributions at the IMCO hearing were from the EFTA side, including speakers from the Norwegian Confederation of Industry, the University of Geneva, the Swiss Mission to the EU, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry, the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the Norwegian Consumer Council. The speakers in the panel discussion included Ambassador Jacques de Watteville, Head of the Swiss Mission to the EU, and Dr Andrea Entner-Koch, Director of Liechtenstein's EEA Coodination Unit, on the EFTA side, as well as representatives from DG Relex of the European Commission and a Member of the European Parliament from the Delegation for Relations with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway and to the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee.

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