The Icelandic delegate briefed the Standing Committee on the second EU-Iceland Intergovernmental Conference which was held in Brussels on 27 June and marked the successful conclusion of the screening process (the comparison between Icelandic and EU legislation) and the start of substantive membership negotiations between Iceland and the EU. Four chapters were opened: Public Procurement; Information Society and Media; Science and Research; and Education and Culture. Two of these were provisionally closed, namely the chapters on Science and Research and Education and Culture.
The Standing Committee took note of the outgoing Norwegian Chair’s Final Report for the first half of 2011 and the Liechtenstein Chair Work Programme for the second half of the year. The Liechtenstein Programme can be found here.
In the Joint Committee meeting, the EFTA side reported on the EFTA Ministerial meeting in Schaan, Liechtenstein, on 21 June, both regarding EFTA’s relations with the EU, and free trade relations with countries outside the EU.
The Committee adopted 31 decisions incorporating 117 legal acts into the EEA Agreement, some of which are explained further in separate news items on this website.
The Committee also welcomed Ms Oda Helen Sletnes as the new President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority.
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