European Economic Area Council discusses long-term strategies

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Iceland Minister of Foreign Affairs Thor Thordarson at the start of European Economic Area (EEA) Council in Brussels, Belgium, 14 November 2017. The EEA, unites the European Union Member States and the three EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) into an Internal Market governed by the same basic rules. The Council will assess the overall functioning of the EEA Agreement.

European Economic Area Council discusses long-term strategies


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The fifty-first meeting of the EEA Council took place in Brussels on 20 May and was chaired by Ștefan-Radu Oprea, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The EEA Council meets twice a year at ministerial level and provides political impetus for the development of the EEA Agreement. This year, it also held an orientation debate on climate change, focusing on the long-term strategies towards 2050 and the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and adopted conclusions addressing cooperation in the EEA; incorporation of EEA-relevant EU acts; energy and climate change; digital single market; EU programmes; financial mechanism; and agricultural trade.
The meeting was attended by the ministers of foreign affairs of Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway, as well as by members of the Council of the European Union and representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service.

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