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Icelandic EEA EFTA Chair outlines priorities for second half of 2019

The Standing Committee of the EFTA States and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 9 and 10 July respectively. 23 decisions were adopted at the EEA Joint Committee, incorporating 30 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement, including the Benchmark-Regulation.

The EFTA Forum adopts opinions on sustainable development and artificial intelligence

Mayors and representatives of local and regional authorities from Iceland and Norway convened on 27-28 May, for the 19th meeting of the EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities. The Minister for Environment of the canton of Jura, Switzerland, attended as an observer. Coming together in the scenic municipality of Hurdal, an hour north of Oslo, Norway, the meeting was moderated by the outgoing Chair of the EFTA Forum, Mr Nils Røhne, mayor of Stange municipality.

EFTA Ministerial Meeting, Malbun, 24 June 2019

At EFTA‘s Ministerial meeting in Malbun, on 24 June 2019, the Association‘s trade ministers expressed concerns over an increasingly uncertain global trade environment, both due to the uncertain outcome of the Brexit process and escalating trade tensions between the US and China. The ministers also underlined the importance of appointing new judges to the Appellate Body of the WTO to ensure the multilateral trade system continues to function while WTO reform is pursued, and reaffirmed their commitment to open trade on the basis of a transparent and rules-based international order.

Legal Notes on the EEA Agreement