Through Annex XI and Protocol 31, EEA-relevant EU law as regards Electronic Communication, Audiovisual Services and Information Society is incorporated into the EEA Agreement. These areas are covered by Article 36 EEA.
Electronic Communication covers all forms of electronic transmission of information, including telecommunications, broadcasting and the internet. Through the EEA Agreement, the EEA EFTA States are part of the EU’s Internal Market for Electronic Communication. One of the core pieces of legislation is the EU regulatory framework for telecommunications, which establishes equal conditions for competition in the EEA telecoms market. Other EU rules, for example on radio spectrum management, roaming, privacy protection in electronic networks and net-neutrality, also apply throughout the EEA. The main objectives of these rules are to offer consumers a greater choice of services, increase levels of connectivity and guarantee basic user rights and protection.
The Audiovisual Media Services Directive is the legal framework establishing the legal regulatory and administrative conditions related to the provision and distribution of Audiovisual Media Services in the EEA. These rules also aim to preserve cultural diversity, protect children and consumers, safeguard media pluralism and combat racial and religious hatred.
Information Society covers rules regarding the free movement of information society services, and applies to a wide range of economic activities that take place online. It includes rules on e-commerce, on the re-use of public sector information and on cyber security, as well as a framework for electronic signatures.
The EFTA Working Group on Electronic Communication, Audiovisual Services and Information Society (ECASIS) covers these three interlinked areas. The Working Group meets three times a year in Brussels.