The meeting will be chaired by Mr Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy of Bulgaria, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The EEA EFTA side will be led by Mr Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, who will be accompanied by Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway, and Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein.
The EEA Council will assess the overall functioning of the EEA Agreement.
It will also hold an orientation debate on the review of the European Supervisory Authorities.
Finally, the EEA Council is expected to adopt conclusions addressing the following areas:
- cooperation in the EEA
- energy and climate change
- Financial Mechanisms
- capital controls
- EU programmes
- incorporation of EEA-relevant EU acts
- agricultural trade
The meeting of the EEA Council will be preceded by an informal political dialogue with the EEA EFTA states. Discussions will focused on the implications for the EEA Agreement of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and the EU’s engagement with the Western Balkans.
What is EEA?
The EEA Council meets twice a year at ministerial level and provides political impetus for the development of the EEA Agreement. The EEA EFTA states are represented in the EEA Council by their respective ministers for foreign affairs. The European Union is represented by the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as well as by representatives of the European External Action Service and of the European Commission.