Handbook on new EEA EFTA procedures
This edition of the EFTA Bulletin outlines the new procedures to be followed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway when incorporating EU acts into the EEA Agreement. The procedures start on 20 October 2014.
EU plant protection package incorporated into the EEA Agreement
On 30 September 2014, the EU regulation concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market was incorporated into the EEA Agreement.
EU Directive on Supplementary Pension Rights extended to the EEA EFTA States
On 25 September 2014, the EEA Joint Committee incorporated 60 legal acts into the EEA Agreement. Among these legal acts was the Directive on Supplementary Pension Rights.
EFTA seminar on the EEA attracts great interest
On 4 September 2014, 130 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). Representatives of the EFTA Secretariat, Financial Mechanism Office (FMO), EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) and EFTA Court gave presentations on the day-to-day operation and management of the EEA Agreement, including recent developments and challenges.
EEA EFTA Comment on product safety and market surveillance proposal
On 17 July 2014, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment to the European Commission's proposals for actions in the field of product safety and market surveillance.
26 legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement
On 9 July 2014, the EEA EFTA States and the European Union adopted seven Joint Committee Decisions (JCDs) by written procedure incorporating 26 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement. Among these were the Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.
New EU programmes extended to the EEA EFTA States
At its meeting on 27 June 2014, the EEA Joint Committee agreed to adopt 75 legal acts. Among them were EU programmes for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) and Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME), as well as a new General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER).
Growth and employment, migration and energy issues high on Italian EU presidency agenda
On 16 June 2014, Stefano Sannino, the Italian Ambassador to the European Union, presented the priorities for Italy’s Presidency of the Council of the EU at a breakfast meeting hosted by the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels.
EEA EFTA States signal strong interest in EU platform against undeclared work
On 28 May 2014, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA comment to the EU side on a recent proposal to establish a European platform to enhance cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work.
Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and Creative Europe extended to the EEA EFTA countries
Three EU regulations establishing the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of education, training, youth and sport, and the new “Creative Europe” Programme, were among the 78 legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement by the EEA Joint Committee at its meeting on 16 May 2014.