EEA EFTA States will continue to participate fully in EU ETS
On 31 December 2012, the EEA EFTA States and the EU adopted three Joint Committee Decisions (JCDs) incorporating five legal acts related to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) into the EEA Agreement, thereby enabling the Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to continue to participate fully in the ETS and ensuring a smooth transition to the third phase of the system from 1 January 2013.
Frequency of periodic vehicle checks should not change
In an EEA EFTA Comment to the Commission’s proposal for changes to the EU safety regulation on vehicle checks, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have expressed their opinion that the frequency of periodic testing should remain the same. The proposal will be discussed by EU Transport Ministers tomorrow, 20 December 2012.
EFTA Seminar on the EEA: What will the role of the European Economic Area (EEA) be in a multi-speed Europe?
The aim of the seminar is to provide professionals, both inside and outside the European Union, with a thorough understanding of the EEA Agreement, which integrates Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway into the EU’s Internal Market.
EFTA Standing and EEA Joint Committees meet on 7 December 2012
The EFTA Standing Committee and EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 7 December 2012. Norway chaired both the Standing Committee and, on behalf of the EEA EFTA States, the Joint Committee.
EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee adopts four resolutions
Members of the European Parliament and Parliamentarians from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway met in Brussels on 27 November 2012 for the 39th meeting of the European Economic Area Joint Parliamentary Committee (EEA JPC).
Highlights from the Subcommittees I-II-III-IV meeting and the Joint Subcommittees I-II-III-IV meeting on 27 November 2012
The Subcommittees met yesterday with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and discussed the state of play of outstanding acts 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.
Advisory bodies meet EEA EFTA Ministers to discuss EEA
On 26 November 2012, the EEA EFTA Ministers, the Committee of Members of Parliament of the EFTA States (MPS) and the EFTA Consultative Committee (EFTA CC) met at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels. The Foreign Ministers came directly from the EEA Council meeting to brief the parliamentarians and social partners on the outcome of that meeting and to exchange views on the main issues currently on the agenda in the EEA.
Thirty-eighth meeting of the EEA Council in Brussels
The thirty-eighth meeting of the EEA Council took place in Brussels on 26 November 2012. In light of the 20th anniversary of the Single Market at the end of this year, the EEA Council recognised with satisfaction that the EEA Agreement has been a durable instrument in ensuring the smooth functioning of the European Economic Area. The EEA Council held an orientation debate on Trade and Regulatory Cooperation with EEA Neighbours.
EEA EFTA Comment on the revision of the Blue Guide
On 15 November 2012, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted an EEA EFTA Comment to the EU on the Commission’s upcoming revision of the “Blue Guide”, the guide to EU legislation on industrial products. The countries underline that through the EEA Agreement, the internal market is extended to the European Economic Area, which also needs to be reflected in the guide.
Protection of the Ozone Layer
The European Union has a strong commitment to protect the ozone layer and has put in place legislation that is among the strictest and most advanced in the world. Following a decision of the EEA Joint Committee on 26 October 2012 incorporating the EU regulation on substances depleting the ozone layer into the EEA Agreement, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will not only be in line with the long-term goals of the Montreal Protocol, but will also go beyond it. Together with the European Union they will continue to lead by example.