Aviation and emission trading: EU scheme extended to the EEA
On 1 April 2011, the EEA Joint Committee decided to incorporate into the EEA Agreement a directive that will include aviation activities in the EU trading scheme for greenhouse gas emissions (EU ETS), thus extending the scope of the scheme to the EEA EFTA States.
EFTA Standing and EEA Joint Committees meet on 31 March and 1 April 2011
The EFTA Standing and EEA Joint Committees met in Brussels on 31 March and 1 April 2011 respectively. In preparation for the meeting of the EEA Joint Committee, the EEA EFTA States met in the Standing Committee to verify and approve the 73 legal acts to be incorporated into the EEA Agreement. One of the decisions relates to the inclusion of aviation activities in the EU Emissions Trading System (see separate news item).
Highlights of Subcommittees I-IV meeting – EP IMCO Committee, EU 2020 Strategy and EU Research and Innovation Funding
In their meeting on 21 and 22 March 2011, Subcommittees I-IV discussed developments in comitology, a comprehensive assessment of the EU 2020 Strategy and its impact for the EEA EFTA countries as well as the Commission Communication dealing with the expansion and development of the Internal Market Information System or “IMI”.
TBT Committee comment on review of the European Standardisation System
EFTA's Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee is the body in EFTA following the ongoing European Commission review of the European Standardisation System. The Commission is expected to present its “Standardisation Package” in April this year.
EFTA Standing and EEA Joint Committee meetings - 10 and 11 February 2011
The EFTA Standing and EEA Joint Committees met on 10 and 11 February 2011, respectively. In the Standing Committee the EEA EFTA States prepared for the meeting of the EEA Joint Committee and discussed the decisions to be adopted into the EEA Agreement, which included energy saving requirements for lightbulbs and other electrical equipment, and a regulatory framework on common rules in the field of civil aviation security providing harmonised aviation security rules across the European Union.
Highlights of Subcommittees I-IV Meeting – the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion, Comitology and EU Relations with EFTA Countries
The Subcommittees continued their focus on the seven flagship initiatives in the Europe 2020 Strategy, inviting the European Commission to present the proposal for a European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion in their meeting on 1 February 2011. They also discussed several horizontal issues of importance to the EEA Agreement.
Special Joint Committee meeting - 14 January 2011
A special meeting of the EEA Joint Committee was held on 14 January 2011 on the disagreement over the management of a fish stock of common interest (mackerel). In the meeting the European Commission made a statement indicating that the EU was considering banning the landings of mackerel by Icelandic vessels in EU ports, in accordance with the provisions in Article 5 of Protocol 9 of the EEA Agreement.
EEA Seminar: The Single Market Towards 2020
Participants from both the public and private sectors met at the Secretariat in Brussels 16 and 17 December 2010 for the biannual EFTA Seminar on the EEA.
New rules for maritime safety in the EEA
New rules to enhance and improve the safety performance of ships were incorporated into the EEA Agreement at the EEA Joint Committee meeting on 10 December 2010.
Standing and Joint Committee meetings - 9 and 10 December 2010
The EFTA Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee met on 9 and 10 December 2010, respectively. In the Standing Committee the EEA EFTA States prepared for the Joint Committee, the Icelandic Chair Work Programme final report of the second half of 2010 was presented and the Norwegian Chair Work Programme for the first half of 2011 was introduced. Swiss Ambassador de Watteville gave a briefing on current developments in Swiss-EU relations.