Europeiska ekonomiska samarbetsområdet

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Europeiska ekonomiska samarbetsområdet (EES) samlar EU:s medlemsstater och de tre Eftastaterna i EES (Island, Liechtenstein och Norge) i en inre marknad som styrs av gemensamma grundläggande regler. Dessa regler syftar till att varor, tjänster, kapital och människor ska kunna röra sig fritt inom EES i en öppen och konkurrensutsatt miljö. Avtalet om Europeiska ekonomiska samarbetsområdet trädde i kraft den 1 januari 1994.

Rådgivande EES-kommittén ingår i EES avtalet (artikel 96) och inrättades 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 EEA CC met for the 32nd time in Brussels on 21 November 2023. Highlights of the agenda:

  • Labour market and mobility in the EEA
  • Presentation of the European Parliament's report on EU-Switzerland relations
  • Presentation of the EESC’s information report "The Arctic – how to ensure a peaceful, sustainable and prosperous future for a geostrategic region"
32nd meeting of the European Economic Area Consultative Committee

The European Economic Area Consultative Committee held its 31st annual meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on 14 and 15 March 2023. The EEA CC members discussed resolutions and reports on energy resilience in the EEA in view of the geopolitical landscape and on the future cooperation of the European Political Community (EPC).

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