Visit of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court to the EFTA Court


On Tuesday 14 February 2012, the EFTA Court received a delegation from the Swiss Federal Supreme Court led by its President Lorenz Meyer. Other members of the Swiss Delegation were Judge Ulrich Meyer, Judge Andreas Zünd and Secretary-General Paul Tschümperlin.  The introductory words of the Court’s President can be found here.

The EFTA Judicial System Reaches the Age of Majority – Accomplishments and Problems


Speech given by President Carl Baudenbacher at the EEA Seminar of the EFTA Secretariat on 19 January 2012 in Brussels.

Note by the EFTA Court concerning the Norwegian Report on Norway’s Agreements with the EU


The EFTA Court has today, 27 January 2012, issued a note on the Norwegian Official Report NOU 2012:2 “Outside and Inside, Norway’s Agreements with the European Union”

In the note, the EFTA Court welcomes that the Report’s main thrust is a positive assessment of the EEA/EFTA institutions and the way in which they have worked and fulfilled tasks over the past 18 years. However, the note also contains several remarks on the observations and affirmations found in the Report.

A complete copy of the note is attached.

PR 12/11 - Election of Judge Carl Baudenbacher as President of the Court


In a meeting on 9 December 2011, the EFTA Court judges, Carl Baudenbacher (President, Liechtenstein), Per Christiansen (Norway), and Páll Hreinsson (Iceland) elected a new President.

They elected Carl Baudenbacher for a fourth term as President of the EFTA Court, starting on 1 January 2012 and ending on 31 December 2014.

The EFTA Court consists of three regular judges and six ad hoc judges nominated by Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. Earlier this year, Per Christiansen (Norway), and Páll Hreinsson (Iceland) took office as new judges at the Court. Carl Baudenbacher has been a member of the Court since 1995.

President Baudenbacher to speak at Oslo University


EFTA Court President Carl Baudenbacher gave a lecture at the University of Oslo on 29 September on whether the EFTA judicial mechanism is in need of reform. He also paid a visit to the Supreme Court of Norway and was received by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bente Angell-Hansen. President Baudenbacher was accompanied by his wife Doris Baudenbacher-Tandler and by the Court’s Registrar Skúli Magnússon.

President Carl Baudenbacher - Speeches at the public sitting of 12 September 2011


Farewell and thanks to Judge Thorgeir Örlygsson and the introduction of Judge Páll Hreinsson.

Judge Thorgeir Örlygsson’s farewell speech


Speech of Judge Thorgeir Örlygsson at the public sitting on 12 September 2011.

Condolences from the EFTA Court to the Norwegian People (27.07.11)


In a letter to Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, the President of the EFTA Court, Carl Baudenbacher, has, on behalf of the Court, its judges and staff members, expressed his profound sympathy for all those who have lost their lives in the terrible events in Norway on Friday 22 July, for their relatives as well as for the Norwegian people. "What happened is incomprehensible. I am impressed by the dignity with which the government and the people of Norway face this grave crisis" writes Baudenbacher.

Swearing in of new ESA College Member


The EFTA Court, pursuant to Article 8 of the Surveillance/Court Agreement, held a public sitting on 4 July 2011, for the swearing in of Ms Oda Helen Sletnes as a new college member of the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

Judicial protection in the European Economic Area


On 17 June 2011 the EFTA Court hosted a conference dedicated to the Judicial Protection in the European Economic Area at the Cercle Municipal in Luxembourg.  The Conference addressed issues relating to Access to Justice in the EFTA pillar of the EEA, such as infringement actions brought by the EFTA Surveillance Authority before the EFTA Court and aspects of the Court’s preliminary reference procedure. Under the title Doing Justice, the Conference then discussed the organisation and workings of the judicial mechanism of the EFTA pillar, such as the number and nomination of judges, the absence of an advocate general and effects of and compliance with EFTA Court rulings. The third topic of the Conference was the Two EEA Courts and the complex relations which exist between the EFTA Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union with regard to the aim of establishing a homogeneous Economic Area, judicial dialogue and judicial conflict.

Key-note speakers were Dr Sven Norberg, Senior Advisor of Kreab & Gavin Anderson, Former Judge of the EFTA Court and Former Director at DG Competition of the European Commission, Professor Dr Hans Petter Graver, Dean of the Law School of the University of Oslo and Professor Eleanor Sharpston, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Panelists were Professor Páll Hreinsson, Justice of the Supreme Court of Iceland, Sabine Monauni-Tömördy, Member of the EFTA Surveillance Authority College, Professor Dr John Temple Lang, Partner Consultant at Cleary Gottlieb Brussels, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, Former Director at DG Competition of the European Commission, Professor Dr Allan Rosas, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Professor Róbert R. Spanó, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Iceland, Siri Teigum, Attorney at Law, Thommessen, Oslo, Dr. Halvard H. Fredriksen, Senior Researcher at the University of Bergen, Martin Johansson, Attorney at Law, Vinge, Brussels, Former Legal Secretary of the EFTA Court, the Court of First Instance and the Court of Justice of the European Union, Prof. Dr Christian Kohler, University of the Saarland, Former Director General of Research and Documentation of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

President Carl Baudenbacher opened the Conference. The three subjects were presided by Judge Thorgeir Örlygsson, Judge Per Christiansen and Registrar Skúli Magnússon.