The EEA in times of change - EFTA Court Spring Conference 2018
On Friday 1 June 2018, the EFTA Court held its annual Spring Conference on the topic “The EEA in Times of Change”, at the Chamber of Commerce, Luxembourg.
The conference was attended by more than 150 participants, including members of EFTA State supreme courts, the EFTA Surveillance Authority and of the EU institutions, representatives from governments, business associations and trades unions, practitioners and academics.
Following President Hreinsson’s introductory speech, the morning session focused on Competition law. Professor Catherine Barnard discussed the important topic of Regulatory competition, considering the issues of regulatory alignment and regulatory space in Europe. She also addressed these concepts in light of Brexit, specifically with regard to the Northern Ireland border.
The recent case-law of the Court on Articles 53 and 54 EEA was then addressed by Tormod Johansen and Ólafur J Einarsson, who brought us the insights of its effects and application in the legal orders of Iceland and Norway.
The morning session was closed by Dr. Gjermund Mathisen with an analysis of the role of “ESA as a competition authority” in view of recent developments.
The afternoon session, with a focus on Brexit, was opened by Professor Christophe Hillion, who considered the implications of the British referendum on the UK’s EEA membership. This was followed by a panel, composed by Helge Seland, Jóhanna Bryndís Bjarnadóttir and Dr. Andrea Entner-Koch, where the consequences of Brexit for the EEA/EFTA States were debated. Finally, Professor Enchelmaier examined the issue of freedom of establishment for legal persons in the aftermath of the UK’s departure from the EU.
The audience engaged actively with the speakers, spurring an interesting debate.
The sessions were moderated by the EFTA Court’s legal secretaries Dr. Luísa Lourenço, Jørgen Reinholdtsen, Michael-James Clifton, Marthe Dystland, Theresa Haas and Sindri M. Stephensen.
President Hreinsson closed the conference by thanking the speakers for sharing their thorough insights and the audience for their thought-provoking questions. The conference was followed by a reception.
For the gallery of photographs from the event please click here.
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Press Release 04/18 - Case E-6/17 - Fjarskipti hf. v Síminn hf.
Judgment in Case E-9/17 - Edmund Falkenhahn AG v The Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority
Judgment in Case E-6/17 - Fjarskipti hf. v Síminn hf.
Spring Conference - 1 June 2018
The EFTA Court will hold its annual Spring Conference on 1 June 2018 on the subject of "The EEA in times of change" at the Chamber of Commerce, on plateau Kirchberg in Luxembourg.
This year’s edition will have a twofold focus: Competition across Europe and the Impact of Brexit. Among the confirmed speakers for the Conference are Prof. Catherine Barnard (Cambridge) and Prof. Stefan Enchelmaier (Oxford).
For the programme of the Spring Conference please click here
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Judgment in Case E-7/17 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Iceland, delivered in open Court on 24 April 2018.
Annual Report 2017
To access the digitial version of the Annual Report, please click on the picture
Public sitting at Cercle Cité - 9 April 2018
Senior Judge and Former President Carl Baudenbacher stepped down from the bench and Dr Bernd Hammermann took the oath and entered into office as Judge of the EFTA Court. Judge Hammermann’s term of office ends on 5 September 2019. He replaced Senior Judge, and former President, Carl Baudenbacher on the EFTA Court bench.
For the speech of the Former President at the event please click here
For the gallery of photographs from the event please click here