• EEA Policy Seminar: Inside the Internal Market, Outside the Banking Union   15.09.2016

    The EEA Policy Seminar will take place on Tuesday, 27 September at the EFTA Secretariat’s premises in Brussels.

  • Full house for EFTA seminar on the EEA Agreement   09.09.2016
    Dag Wernø Holter, Deputy Secretary-General, EFTA

    On 8 September 2016, 135 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).

  • Marine Equipment Directive enters into force in the EEA   01.09.2016

    On 26 August 2016, the EEA EFTA States and the European Union adopted a Joint Committee Decision (JCD) incorporating the new Marine Equipment Directive into the EEA Agreement.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on Services Passport proposal   15.07.2016

    On 15 July 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on the European Commission’s forthcoming proposal to introduce a services passport.

  • EEA EFTA Chair presents priorities for second half of 2016   07.07.2016
    Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir, Mission of Iceland to the EU, and Kristinn Árnason, EFTA Secretary General.

    On 1 July 2016, Iceland took over the rotating Chair of the EFTA Standing Committee for the second-half of the year. Among the key priorities in the work programme is to monitor the outcome of the UK's referendum on the EU.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on proposal to boost mobile internet services   04.07.2016

    On 4 July 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on the European Commission’s proposal to coordinate the use of the 700 MHz band for mobile services. The proposal aims at boosting mobile internet services with high-quality radio frequencies. It will improve internet access for all Europeans and help develop cross-border applications.

  • Commission presents Standardisation Package and Joint Initiative on Standardisation to EFTA   06.06.2016
    Crispin Waymouth, Deputy Head of Unit at DG Grow.

    The 146th meeting of EFTA’s Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Committee) took place in Brussels on 2 June. Representatives of the European Commission informed the Committee about the Standardisation Package adopted by the Commission the previous day, as well as the Joint Initiative on Standardisation (JIS), in which EFTA has had an active role.

  • EEA: new rules on devices for recording driving and rest times   03.06.2016
    Mr Claude Maerten, Head of Division, European External Action Service (EEAS), chairing the meeting of the EEA Joint Committee

    At its meeting on 3 June in Brussels, the EEA Joint Committee adopted 30 decisions incorporating 34 EU acts into the EEA Agreement, including one that provides for a new generation of digital tachographs for vehicles used for professional transport.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on common aviation rules   03.06.2016
    EEA EFTA states have made comments on EU Commission's proposal in the field of aviation. Photo: Pixabay.

    On 2 June 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted an EEA EFTA Comment on the proposal for a regulation on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The proposal was introduced by the European Commission in December 2015 and is currently being discussed in the European Parliament and the Council.

  • EEA Council welcomes the signing of the new financial mechanisms   25.05.2016
    Mr Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, representing the Presidency of the Council of the EU

    At the 45th meeting of the EEA Council, held in Brussels on 25 May 2016, Ministers discussed the signing of the new financial mechanisms and held an orientation debate on Better Regulation and its impact on the EEA.