EEA-EFTA Comment on the Internal Market Information System ("IMI")
The Internal Market Information System (IMI) was created to develop administrative cooperation between the Member States, in order to ensure better governance in the Internal Market. The EEA EFTA States have participated successfully in IMI since its beginning. The system was created to support the revised Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive and, since December 2009, Member States have used IMI to fulfil their information exchange obligations under the Services Directive.
EEA EFTA States comment on education and research proposals
The EEA EFTA States have published two comments on the European Commission’s proposals for the education and research programmes Erasmus for All and Horizon 2020. The EEA EFTA States welcome the overall aim of the proposals but also make several suggestions for improvements.
Framework Directive on Motor Vehicles incorporated
The EEA EFTA States have decided to incorporate a European Framework Directive on Motor Vehicles aimed at improving the functioning of the Internal Market by simplifying the type-approval procedures and, at the same time, increasing the level of safety and environmental protection of motor vehicles. Three related regulations are also incorporated into the EEA Agreement.
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.