Vivid Discussions at EFTA's Copyright Seminar
More than 100 European stakeholders met in the EFTA building in Brussels on 30 September 2010 to discuss copyright issues related to web access to digitalised culture heritage works. The seminar was organised by EFTA together with the Institute for Private Law and the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law, University of Oslo, and the main focus was the so-called Nordic Model - the Extended Collective Agreement.
New Agreement on EEA and Norway Grants signed
On 28 July 2010, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the European Union signed the agreements for the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-14 , following the EU Member States' agreement on the final distribution for the beneficiary countries. EUR 1.79 billion will be made available to projects that contribute to social and economic development in 15 EU Member States in Central and Southern Europe.
Workshop on Standardisation and Environmental Policies - 29 June 2010
On 29 June, the EFTA Secretariat hosted a workshop on the role of standardisation as a tool for environmental policies and objectives, organised together with the European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS). The workshop was a contribution to the follow up discussions on the EXPRESS Report which raised the question of how standards can deliver an effective and coordinated response to environmental challenges.
Standing and Joint Committee meetings – 1 July 2010
The Standing and Joint Committees met on 1 July 2010.
EEA EFTA Comment on the consultation on the EU's strategic choices for the implementation of the new EU competence in the field of Sport
Until recently, the EU had no competence in the area of sport. However, since the Lisbon Treaty has introduced a new EU competence in the field of sport, the Commission has launched a consultation on the EU's strategic choices for the implementation of the new EU competence in the field of sport.
CEN CENELEC General Assembly 1 and 3 June
The European Free Trade Association, represented by Tore Nyvold Thomassen, addressed the General Assembly of the European standardisation organisations CEN and CENELEC on 1 and 3 June 2010 in Malta.
Standing and Joint Committee meetings – 10 and 11 June 2010
The Standing and Joint Committees met on 10 and 11 June 2010, adopting 22 decisions incorporating 53 legal acts.
Highlights from the meeting of Subcommittees I-IV
On 27 May 2010, Subcommittees I-IV held their third meeting of the year (April’s meeting having been cancelled due to the Icelandic volcano). Continuing to take advantage of the subcommittees’ merger, various horizontal issues concerning comitology, the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) and upcoming two-pillar issues were vividly discussed.
EFTA Seminar on the EEA and Bilateral Trade Agreements
Participants from the public and private sectors met at the Secretariat in Brussels on 27 and 28 May 2010 for the biannual EFTA Seminar on the EEA.
33rd meeting of the EEA Council - Brussels 10 May 2010
The EEA Council met this morning for its 33rd meeting. The Council discussed the overall functioning of the EEA Agreement, with special focus on to how to manage the challenges of the financial crisis. Ministers agreed on the importance of strengthening the regulatory framework, stressing the importance of adequate participation by national authorities of the EEA EFTA States in the new supervisory structure, on an equal footing with the EU countries.