European Economic Area Council, 23/05/2018
The 49th meeting of the European Economic Area ('EEA') Council was held in Brussels, under the chairmanship of Mr Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy of Bulgaria. The EEA EFTA side was led by Mr Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, who was 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 discussed the overall functioning of the EEA Agreement.
It held an orientation debate on the review of the European Supervisory Authorities.
The EEA Council also adopted conclusions on issues related to the EEA Agreement and cooperation between the EU and the EEA EFTA states.
The meeting of the EEA Council was preceded by an informal political dialogue with the EEA EFTA states. Discussions 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.