The Delegation to EFTA and EEA Parliamentary Committees

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The Norwegian Delegation to the EFTA and EEA Parliamentary Committees has advisory powers towards the EFTA Council of Ministers.

Contact

The International Department is responsible for secretariat duties for the Storting’s Delegation to the EFTA and EEA Parliamentary Committees. 

Telephone: +47 23 31 30 50
E-mail: postmottak.internasjonal@stortinget.no

Delegation members

Position Name Party
Head of Delegation Mr  Hansen, Svein Roald Labour Party  
Deputy Head of Delegation Ms  Lunde, Heidi Nordby  Conservative Party   
Member Ms  Foss, Ingunn  Conservative Party 
Member Mr Gjelsvik, Sigbjørn  Centre Party 
Member Mr  Johansen, Morten Ørsal  Progress Party 
Member Ms  Marthinsen, Marianne  Labour Party 
Subsitute member Mr  Astrup, Nikolai  Conservative Party 
Subsitute member Mr  Bjørdal, Fredric Holen  Labour Party  
Subsitute member Ms  Ebbesen, Margunn  Conservative Party  
Subsitute member Mr  Eide, Espen Barth  Labour Party   
Subsitute member Mr Grimstad, Carl-Erik  Liberal Party 
Subsitute member Mr  Halleland, Terje Progress Party
Subsitute member Mr  Lundteigen, Per Olaf Centre Party
Subsitute member Ms  Myrseth, Cecilie Labour Party 
Subsitute member Mr  Reiten, Steinar Christian Democratic Party
Subsitute member Mr  Øvstegård, Freddy André Socialist Left Party

See also

EFTA website.
Norway and EU/EEA

Background information

The Norwegian Delegation to the EFTA and EEA Parliamentary Committees meets regularly with the four EFTA Ministers. From Norway, the responsible minister in these meetings is the Minister of Trade and Industry. EFTAs free trade agreements and other developments in EFTA and the EEA are on the agenda. The EFTA and EEA Parliamentary Committees thus operate as a link to the EFTA countries’ national assemblies on issues that traditionally fall under EFTA jurisdiction, such as free trade. In addition to internal meetings and meetings with the Council of Ministers, the EFTA Parliamentary Committee has since 2007 undertaken delegation visits to third country partners. The aim has been, and continues to be to add a parliamentary dimension to ongoing EFTA free trade negotiations.

Within the context of the EEA, the Delegation’s responsibilities include expressing views on EEA cooperation through reports and resolutions, and reviewing the EEA Joint Committee’s annual report. The aim is to influence new developments early in the EU/EEA process. In this regard the relationship to the European Parliament is of specific importance and the Delegation participates actively in the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee. The EEA part of the EFTA cooperation has recently been strengthened by an additional annual meeting with the three EEA EFTA ministers. From Norway, the responsible minister in these meetings is the Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for EU and EEA Affairs.