Advisory Bodies News

  • EFTA social partners discuss EEA reviews   16.03.2012
    Professor Karen Helene Ulltveit-Moe, University of Oslo

    The members of the EFTA Consultative Committee (EFTA CC) discussed the ongoing reviews of the EEA Agreement when they met on 14 and 15 March in Brussels. As well as hearing a presentation on the Norwegian EEA Review, the EFTA social partners focused on this subject in their annual meeting with the EFTA Standing Committee.

  • Parliamentarians from EFTA and Indonesia support comprehensive economic partnership   13.02.2012
    The EFTA Parliamentary Committee Chair, Kathy Riklin, in discussion with the Indonesian Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Pramono Anung.

    A delegation from the EFTA Parliamentary Committee visited Jakarta, Indonesia, from 7 to 10 February. The main purpose of the visit was to discuss the merits of strengthened EFTA-Indonesia trade relations with legislators, officials and stakeholders, and to support the ongoing negotiations between EFTA and Indonesia on a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA).

  • EFTA Parliamentary Committee discusses Norwegian EEA Review   07.02.2012
    From the left: Dr Richard Corbett, Member of the Cabinet of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council; Ms Kathy Riklin, Member of the Christian Democratic Party in Switzerland, Chair of the EFTA Parliamentary Committee; Mr Einar Ekern, from the EFTA Secretariat.

    The Committee of Members of Parliament of the EFTA Countries and the Committee of Members of Parliament of the EFTA States (together “the EFTA Parliamentary Committee”) met in Brussels on 6 February 2012 to discuss the functioning of the EEA, the latest political developments in the EFTA countries and the EU, and to prepare for a visit to Indonesia.

  • EFTA Consultative Committee discusses Single Market with EU partners   15.12.2011

    The EFTA Consultative Committee (EFTA CC) has adopted an opinion on "A citizen's approach to the Single Market" which focuses on the need to promote the awareness and confidence of workers, business and consumers in the Single Market. The topic was also the basis for a joint seminar in Oslo on 13 December 2011 with a delegation from the European Economic and Social Committee’s Single Market Observatory (SMO).

  • EEA EFTA Forum adopts two opinions and meets with EFTA Parliamentary and Consultative Committees   18.11.2011

    At its fourth meeting, which took place in Brussels on 14 and 15 November 2011, the EEA EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities adopted two opinions - on public services in the EEA context and on the European Commission’s draft directive on energy efficiency.

  • Advisory bodies hold lively debate with EEA EFTA Ministers   17.11.2011
    From left to right: Mr Halldór Grönvold, from the Icelandic Confederation of Labour, Chair of the Consultative Committee, and Svein Roald Hansen, Labour Party, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee.

    On 15 November 2011, the Standing Committee of the EFTA States at Ministerial level, the Committee of Members of Parliament of the EFTA States and the EFTA Consultative Committee held a joint meeting at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels. The Foreign Ministers gave a short briefing on the outcome of the EEA Council that had taken place earlier in the afternoon, which was followed by a debate between the Ministers and the members of the two committees.

  • Delegates discuss experiences from and responses to the economic crisis at EFTA conference   17.11.2011
    Mr Zsolt Darvas, a Research Fellow at Bruegel, gives a presentation on the euro crisis and the EU's policy response.

    On 16 November, the EFTA Parliamentary and Consulta­tive Committees met for a joint conference on the economic and financial crisis in Europe. Two sessions with distinguished speakers focused first on EU policy responses to the crisis and then on lessons learned from small economies.

  • EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee adopts three resolutions in Strasbourg   28.10.2011
    Mr Pat the Cape Gallagher (ALDE, Ireland), Vice-Chair, JPC, and Mr Svein Roald Hansen (Labour Party, Norway), Chair, JPC (Photo: Lars Hagberg)

    Members of the European Parliament and Parliamen­tarians from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway met in Strasbourg on 26 October 2011 at the 37th meeting of the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee

  • EEA EFTA Forum adopts opinions on public procurement and multilevel governance   07.06.2011
    Halldór Halldórsson, Icelandic Association of Local Authorities

    At its third meeting, which took place in Hamar, Norway, on 31 May and 1 June 2011, the EEA EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities adopted two opinions - one on the planned revision of the EU Public Procurement Directive and one on multilevel governance in the EEA. The Forum elected Halldór Halldórsson (photo), Icelandic Association of Local Authorities, as its new Chair for the coming year.

  • EEA Consultative Committee meets in Tartu, Estonia   13.05.2011
    Mr Halldór Grönvold (left) and Mr Joost Meelis

    Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and social partners from Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein met in Tartu on 12 and 13 May 2011 for the 19th meeting of the EEA Consultative Committee.

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