“Gender equality not merely a matter of justice, but a matter of necessity, of common sense” says Thorsteinn Víglundsson, Minister of Social Affairs and Equality of Iceland
Iceland is to become the first country to make employers prove they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality. In this context, a half-day seminar on an “Equal Pay Management System – The Icelandic Model” was presented by the Minister of Social Affairs and Equality, on Thursday 9 March 2017 at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels.
EEA EFTA Comment on the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
On 7 March Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint Comment on a European Commission proposal for a new founding regulation on CEDEFOP - the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.
EEA seminar attracts professionals from EFTA and EU Member States
On 7 February 2017, 120 participants from both the public and private sectors met at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels for an introductory seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA).
EEA EFTA States stress importance of close dialogue during Brexit negotiations
The EFTA Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee held their first meetings of 2017 in Brussels on 2 and 3 February respectively. The Standing Committee, chaired this semester by Norway, heard reports from the delegations on recent high-level meetings.
EEA EFTA Comment on wholesale roaming markets
On 12 January 2017, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on a European Commission proposal to lower the wholesale caps on international roaming.
EEA EFTA Comment on maritime transport safety
On 6 January 2017, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment in response to the public consultation on the fitness of EU legislation for maritime transport safety and efficiency.
EEA EFTA Comment on contract rules for online purchases
On 21 December 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on two European Commission proposals aimed at creating harmonised rules to increase consumer trust in the Digital Single Market by providing a high level of consumer protection.
EEA EFTA Comment on market surveillance
On 21 December, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint Comment on the evaluation of the market surveillance provisions of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 and on actions to enhance enforcement and compliance in the Single Market for goods.
EFTA experts discuss European Accessibility Act with the European Commission
The Working Group on Gender Equality, Anti-Discrimination and Family Policy (GEADFP) and the EFTA Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Committee) met with experts from the European Commission in Brussels on 7 December to discuss the European Accessibility Act (EAA). The meeting was also attended by experts from ministries in the EEA EFTA States via videolink.
EEA EFTA experts invite Chair of IMCO Vicky Ford MEP to exchange views on recent legislative proposals affecting consumers and businesses
On 1 December, Ms Vicky Ford MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), was invited to the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels to exchange views on recent European Commission proposals and initiatives, including legislative proposals on geo-blocking, consumer protection cooperation (CPC) and the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) to the benefit of consumers and businesses.