Open seminar April 10: EEA – State of Play and Future Challenges

Friday April 10 from 9:00 to 10:30 at the Nordic house

Open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland in cooperation with the EU Info Centre

 EEA: State of Play and Future Challenges 

The future of the EEA-agreement is fraught with uncertainty. At the same time the EU is reviewing its relationship with Switzerland after recent difficulties in the bilateral relations between the two. This seminar will look at the current status of the EEA-agreement. Is the Swiss approach a possible alternative for the EEA-states? What is the EU’s position towards this bilateral approach? Furthermore, is the EEA-agreement democratically viable in its current form? And what is the EU’s position towards the agreement?


MEP Andreas Schwab will present the forthcoming European Parliament report on the EEA and EU relations with Switzerland

Andreas Schwab is a Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur for a new report on the EEA and Switzerland in the EP.


Is living under the EEA Agreement akin to ‘independence under hegemony’?

John Erik Fossum is a Professor at ARENA, Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo and the author of the book Det Norske Paradoks (e. The Norwegian Paradox)


Speeding up the incorporation of EU acts into the EEA Agreement?

Jóhanna Jónsdóttir holds a PhD in European Studies from the University of Cambridge and is a Senior officer at EFTA


Panel discussions will follow the presentations where Birgir Ármannsson, Chairman of Althingi’s Foreign Affairs Committee, will join the speakers.

Moderator: Baldur Þórhallsson, Head and Professor at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland.

The seminar will take place in English and is open to all. Coffee and light refreshments will be served from 8:30 to 9:00.

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