EEA

New scoreboard. Norway and Denmark on top

A new and up-dated scoreboard was published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) 13 July. The scoreboard shows that Norway is still succeeding well in transposing new EU legislation for the Internal Market. Together with Denmark, Norway has the lowest transposition deficit among the EEA States (0.7 percent). Seven EEA States are within the interim transposition target of 1.5 percent: Norway, Denmark, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland and Iceland. The average transposition deficit for the EEA/EFTA States is 1.4 percent whereas for the EU States 2.2 percent.

The ESA report

Press release for the EU States

13.07.2004

 

Broad agreement on  the Middle East

On 27 April Foreign Minister Jan Petersen and Irish Minister for European Affairs, Dick Roche, discussed the latest developments in the Middle East peace process, relations with Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, the EU's action plans for the Northern Dimension, and the fight against terrorism. The Ministers recorded a wide measure of agreement on these issues, and underlined the need for continued close co-operation, especially in maintaining momentum in the Middle East peace process and the fight against terrorism. The 21st meeting of the EEA Council, which took place in Luxembourg on the same day, welcomed the simultaneous enlargement of the EU and the EEA. Discussion also focused on the EU's European Neighbourhood Policy which is intended to share the benefits of EU enlargement with neighbouring countries.

EEA Council Conclusions

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Foreign Minister Jan Petersen attending the EEA Council on 27 April 2004The Council of the European Union