EEA seminar attracts professionals from EFTA and EU Member States
Around 130 participants from both the public and private sectors gathered at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels on 14 February 2019 for EFTA’s biannual seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA).
EEA EFTA states and the UK strike agreement to protect citizens’ rights in a no deal Brexit scenario
The EEA EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have reached an agreement with the UK to protect citizens’ rights in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Incoming Liechtenstein Chair of the Standing Committee outlines priorities for first half of 2019
The Standing Committee of the EFTA States and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels for their first meetings this year on 7 and 8 February respectively. 29 decisions were adopted at the EEA Joint Committee, incorporating 62 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement.
Launch of web tool on how EU law becomes EEA law
On 31 January, the EFTA Secretariat launched the interactive web tool on how EU law becomes EEA law, which provides a visual presentation of the legislative process behind the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).
EEA EFTA Separation Agreement with the UK reached
The EEA EFTA States – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – and the United Kingdom have reached an agreement on protecting citizens’ rights and resolving separation issues as the UK exits the EU. This agreement largely mirrors the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the EU in areas relevant under the EEA Agreement.
EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee discusses Brexit, artificial intelligence and European Labour Authority
The EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee (EEA JPC) convened in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 12 and 13 December 2018. High on the agenda were discussions on Brexit and the EEA, artificial intelligence, the European Pillar of Social Rights and the European Labour Authority.
EEA EFTA Forum adopts opinions on 'Whistleblower protection' and participation in EU programmes 2021-2027
On 6 and 7 of December 2018, the EEA EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities convened in Brussels for its 18th meeting. The Forum adopted two opinions: one on the European Commission’s proposal on Whistleblower Protection, and one on the participation of municipalities and regions of the EFTA States in the EU programmes for 2021-2027.
EEA Joint Committee incorporates Directive on Anti-Money Laundering
The Standing Committee of the EFTA States and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 4 and 5 December respectively. At the Joint Committee meeting, 39 decisions (JCDs) were adopted incorporating 59 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement, including acts long outstanding such as the Omnibus II Directive and the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.
EEA Council discusses Brexit and the European Pillar of Social Rights
On 20 November 2018, the EEA Council convened in Brussels for its 50th meeting to discuss recent developments under the EEA Agreement, as well as the European Pillar of Social Rights.
EEA EFTA Comment regarding better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules
On 19 November 2018, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive regarding better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules. The Comment was addressed to the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission.