Euroopan talousalue

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Euroopan talousalue (ETA) yhdistää EU:n jäsenvaltiot ja ETA-alueeseen kuuluvat kolme EFTA-valtiota (Islanti, Liechtenstein ja Norja) sisämarkkinoiksi, joihin sovelletaan samoja perussääntöjä. Näiden sääntöjen tavoitteena on mahdollistaa tavaroiden, palvelujen, pääoman ja henkilöiden vapaa liikkuvuus ETA-alueella avoimessa kilpailuympäristössä. Euroopan talousalueesta tehty sopimus tuli voimaan 1. tammikuuta 1994.

ETA:n konsultatiivinen komitea mainitaan ETA-sopimuksessa (96 artikla), ja se perustettiin vuonna 1994.

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The European Economic Area Consultative Committee (EEA CC) held on 18 September 2020 its 28th annual meeting to discuss two resolutions linked to the implementation of the Green Deal initiative and the EU’s New Industrial Strategy. The members of the EEA CC, which represents employers, workers, and other civil society players of EEA member states, agreed on the need to extend the Green Deal to the entire EEA to achieve a more sustainable single market.


At its plenary session in July, the European Economic and Social Committee presented proposals for the economic agenda of the upcoming legislative period (2019-2024) and recommended that they should form the basis of a new European economic strategy. The Committee's proposals seek to develop more resilient and sustainable EU economic policies within an improved governance framework for the Economic and Monetary Union.


The euro ranks second in the world as a reserve currency and as a currency used for fixed income securities issues and international trade transactions. However, its use internationally has yet to return to levels before the financial crisis, and its future role in the international monetary system is tied to the economic prospects of the euro area.

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The 25th anniversary of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, in force since 1994, was the main topic of the EEA Consultative Committee meeting that took place on 23 and 24 May. This committee, which represents employers, workers and other civil society players of EEA member states, insisted on the importance of completing the internal market and taking into account its social dimension.


The next meeting of the European Economic Area Consultative Committee's will held in Bergen (Norway) on 11 May 2022. Reports and resolutions are prepared on two subjects:

  • a) The social aspects of the Fit for 55 package
  • b) The challenges and opportunities of increased use of artificial intelligence in working life
30th meeting of the European Economic Area (EEA) Consultative Committee

The 28th meeting of the European Economic Area Consultative Committee took place in Brussels (Belgium) on 18 September 2020. The members of the Committee discussed the latest developments in EEA and EU/EFTA issues as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market, and they adopted resolutions on the following topics: "The European Green Deal" and "The EUs Industrial Strategy and the EEA"