EFTA Standing and EEA Joint Committees meet on 9 and 10 February 2012
The EFTA Standing Committee and EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 9 and 10 February, respectively. Iceland chaired the Standing Committee and represented the EEA EFTA States in the Joint Committee under the chairmanship of the European External Action Service.
EFTA Seminar – presentation of the report by the Norwegian EEA Review Committee
On 19 January 2012, a record 170 participants from both the public and private sectors attended the EFTA Secretariat’s biannual seminar on the EEA. The first part of the seminar was dedicated to presentations on the EFTA Secretariat, the EFTA Court, the EFTA Surveillance Authority, the EFTA Statistical Office and the EFTA Financial Mechanism Office. These focused on the day-to-day management of the EEA Agreement in the different institutions’ respective areas of competence.
EEA EFTA States comment on capital requirements
Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway support the transposition of the Basel III minimum capital requirements into EU legislation. However, they believe that each EEA Member State must retain the necessary competence to set higher capital requirements where it is appropriate, based on financial stability considerations.
Rules incorporated on the safety of air travel
Yesterday, the EEA Joint Committee decided to incorporate three regulations to ensure a high level of safety in the European civil aviation sector.
Directive on the promotion of renewable energy incorporated
The EEA Joint Committee decided yesterday to incorporate the Directive on the promotion of the use of renewable energy sources (RES Directive) into the EEA Agreement. Norway and Iceland have had the highest share of renewable energy in their power consumption in the European Economic Area (EEA).
EEA EFTA States comment on proposed directive on orphan works
Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway welcome the overall aim to facilitate the online accessibility of European cultural content and the preservation of digital material. Their opinion is expressed in a recent comment to the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on certain permitted uses of orphan works.
Exchanging views on Common European Sales Law
The EFTA Working Group on Consumer Affairs met on 5 and 6 December 2011. One of the main points on the agenda was the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on a Common European Sales Law (CESL) which was put forward by the Commission on 11 October 2011.
High-speed mobile service directive extended to the EEA
The EEA Joint Committee decided on 1 December 2011 to incorporate a European directive concerning frequency bands for third-generation (3G) mobile networks into the EEA Agreement. The directive brings the current GSM directive from 1987 up to date and also prepares for future 4G networks.
EFTA Standing and EEA Joint Committees met on 1 December 2011
The EFTA Standing Committee and EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 1 December. Liechtenstein was Chair both of the Standing Committee and, on behalf of the EEA EFTA States, of the Joint Committee.
Highlights from Subcommittees I-IV meeting and Joint Subcommittees I-IV meeting on 28 November 2011
The delegations discussed legislative acts currently under consideration by the EFTA side, including the Regulations establishing the three Financial Supervisory Authorities and the European Systemic Risk Board, and the revised Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) along with related acts. The Third Legislative Energy Package, the Community Legal Framework for a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), the Paediatric Regulation and the Goods Package were also topics of discussion.