• EEA EFTA Comment on the Commission’s proposal for a regulation on electronic identification and trust services   20.03.2013

    In an EEA EFTA Comment submitted to the EU on 19 March 2013, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have expressed their concern about the proposed regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the Internal Market.

  • Hearing on EEA and Switzerland in European Parliament   19.03.2013

    A public hearing on the Internal Market in the EEA and Switzerland: Current State of Play and Future Challenges, took place in the European Parliament on 18 March.

  • 36 legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement   15.03.2013
    From left: Camilla Langsholt, Officer, EFTA Secretariat; Helge Skaara, EFTA Deputy Secretary-General, Brussels; Kristinn F. Árnason, EFTA Secretary-General; Kurt Jäger, Liechtenstein Ambassador to the EU (EEA EFTA Chair); and Pascal Schafhauser, Deputy-Head, Liechtenstein Mission to the EU.

    Legal acts regarding petrol vapour recovery and an update to the “EU air safety list” were among the EU acts adopted for incorporation into the EEA Agreement at the EEA Joint Committee meeting on 15 March 2013.

  • EEA Review and Liechtenstein’s Integration Strategy   13.03.2013

    A review of the European Economic Area (EEA) cooperation as well as Liechtenstein’s European integration conducted by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) was presented in Brussels on 13 March 2013 to Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick, who commissioned the report.

  • Highlights from the Subcommittees I-IV meeting and the Joint Subcommittees I-IV meeting on 5 March 2013   07.03.2013
    Head of Division Gianluca Grippa, EEAS (Chair), and Deputy Director-General Per Sjaastad, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EEA EFTA Chair)

    The Subcommittees I-IV met on 5 March 2013 with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and discussed the state of play of acts being considered for incorporation into the EEA Agreement, parliamentary procedures for adopted EEA Joint Committee Decisions and a number of draft EEA Joint Committee Decisions currently under discussion with the EU.

  • Improve copyright management without creating administrative burdens   22.02.2013

    In an EEA EFTA Comment on a Commission proposal for a directive on the collective management of copyright, including licensing rights related to online music across borders, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have underlined that the provisions concerning the organisations that manage copyrights should be “less detailed”, as these create unnecessary administrative burdens.

  • 58 legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement   01.02.2013
    Gianluca Grippa, Head of Division, European External Action Service, chairing the EEA Joint Committee

    In the EEA Joint Committee meeting on Friday 1 February, 28 decisions were adopted incorporating 58 legal acts into the EEA Agreement.

  • Making life easier for the smallest companies   01.02.2013

    One of the EU directives incorporated into the EEA Agreement on 1 February 2013 allows national authorities to exempt micro-entities or small companies with less than ten employees from the obligation to publish their annual accounts. It is, however, up to each country to decide whether or not to make use of this option.

  • Wages and working conditions of posted workers need to comply with national law in the receiving country   30.01.2013

    In an EEA EFTA Comment on a proposal for a directive concerning the enforcement of provisions on the posting of workers, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have underlined the clear need to strengthen compliance with the relevant rules, especially to ensure that posted workers’ wages and working conditions are in accordance with national law in the receiving country.

  • Highlights from the Subcommittees I-IV meeting and the Joint Subcommittees I-IV meeting on 22 January 2013   23.01.2013

    The Subcommittees met on 22 January 2013 with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and discussed the state of play of acts being considered for incorporation into the EEA Agreement, parliamentary procedures for adopted EEA Joint Committee Decisions and a number of draft EEA Joint Committee Decisions currently under discussion with the EU. An EEA EFTA Comment on the proposal of the European Parliament and of the Council on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers submitted to the EU side on 18 December 2012 was noted.