EEA Amends Agreement 62/2020. This decision 2023/487 that revises annexes II and IV is adopted on March 9, 2023. What is it about?
European Economic Area
The European Economic Area (EEA) brings together the EU Member States and the three EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) in an Internal Market governed by the same basic rules. These rules aim to enable goods, services, capital, and persons to move freely about the EEA in an open and competitive environment. The Agreement on the European Economic Area entered into force on 1 January 1994.
EEA Amends Agreement 62/2020
The decision of the EEA Joint Committee No 62/2020 of 30 April 2020 amends Annex II and Annex IV. Agreement (2023/487) is adopted on March 9, 2023. Annex II covers technical regulations, standards, testing, and certification, while Annex IV covers energy.
The amendments to Annex II include updates to references to EU legislation in the areas of machinery, medical devices, and pressure equipment. The amendments also include new references to EU legislation on electromagnetic compatibility, radio equipment, and the regulation of markets in the EU for certain products.
The amendments to Annex IV include updates to references to EU legislation in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy performance of buildings. The amendments also include new references to EU legislation on the governance of the energy union and the promotion of renewable energy sources.
Overall, the amendments to Annex II and Annex IV are intended to ensure that the EEA Agreement remains up-to-date with EU legislation in these areas and to facilitate the smooth functioning of the EEA Agreement.