The work of the European Economic Area in 2009

23/07/2010 // The Services Directive and the Food Law Package were among the key elements of the EEA Joint Committee in 2009. In an annual report submitted in the end of March, the committee presents its most important work in the past year, as well as an overview of the committee activities and decisions made in the EEA Joint Committee last year.

The EEA Joint Committee is responsible for the day-to-day management of the EEA Agreement. The Joint Committee’s main task is to make decisions about the incorporation of new EU legislation into the EEA Agreement. Furthermore, the Joint Committee functions as an important forum for ongoing dialogues between the parties in the EEA, namely the EU and EEA/EFTA countries Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Whenever disagreements about how the EEA Agreement shall be interpreted occur, or other disputes arise, the EEA Joint Committee handles the disputes.

The Services Directive and the Food Law Package
The annual report, which was recently put forward by the EEA Joint Committee, contains essentially an overview of the work that was done in the committee in 2009. The EEA Joint Committee adopted several important legislative acts in 2009 and especially the Food Law Package and the Services Directive have been given much attention in the annual report. Also the Lisbon Treaty and the EU 2020 strategy, the overall economic strategy for the EU over the next ten years, are referred to in the report. The report also presents important decisions that were made by the Committee during the last year.

The inclusion of acts
In 2009 the EEA Joint Committee came together in total eight times, and 283 new legal acts were incorporated into the EEA Agreement. Some of the most important are related to measures of customs security, the Services Directive, Galileo and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (the Bilbao Agency).

The annual report also discusses the participation of the EEA/EFTA countries in EU programmes and agencies. In the period 2007-2013 the countries are participating in the majority of EEA relevant programmes and agencies. The EEA Joint Committee adopted last year a number of acts concerning the participation in existing programmes and agencies, among others, the participation in the Galileo satellite program adopted in 2009.

Find the EEA Joint Committee Annual Report here and here.

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