Why standards are important for the Single Market
Standardisation is important for EFTA because it has contributed significantly to the development of the Single Market, removing technical barriers to trade and facilitating cross-border trade.
EEA Joint Committee incorporates 44 EU legal acts
The Standing Committee of the EFTA States and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 20 and 21 September respectively. At the Joint Committee meeting, 34 decisions (JCDs) were adopted incorporating 44 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement. The EEA EFTA States also took the opportunity to raise two comments to the European External Action Service (EEAS).
Full house at EFTA seminar on the EEA
It was a full house at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels as more than 140 participants gathered for the seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA) on 13 September 2018.
EEA EFTA Comment on explosives precursors
On 10 August 2018, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on the marketing and use of explosives precursors. The Comment was addressed to a broad group of relevant, institutional stakeholders including the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force in the EEA
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 entered into force in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway on 20 July 2018.
General Data Protection Regulation incorporated into the EEA Agreement
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was among 69 EU legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement by the EEA Joint Committee in Brussels on 6 July 2018. The regulation will enter into force in all three EEA EFTA States mid-July.
Workshop on how to influence EEA legislation
On 14 June 2018, more than 100 participants, mainly from the EFTA Member States, took part in a full-day workshop on decision shaping in the EEA.
EFTA Working Group discuss Financial Technology
On 12 and 13 June 2018 the EFTA Financial Services Working Group met in Liechtenstein to discuss challenges and opportunities within the field of financial technology (FinTech).
EEA EFTA Comment on the EU Cybersecurity Agency (ENISA) and the Cybersecurity Act
On 6 June 2018, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) ( the ‘EU Cybersecurity Agency’) and repealing Regulation (EU) 526/2013 , and on the Information and Communication Technology cybersecurity certification (“Cybersecurity Act”) (COM(2017) 477 final).
EEA EFTA Comment on the ‘Goods Package’