Ms. Andrea Scheller has started her new assignment as Director General of the Office of Statistics Liechtenstein. She holds an M. Sc. in Geography and an M.A. in Society, Science and Technology.
Before joining the Office of Statistics Liechtenstein she was the Director of the EFTA Statistical Office in Luxembourg for six years. Previously, she has also worked at the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and at Eurostat as seconded national expert.
More than 90 participants, many of them from Eurostat and other Commission services, were gathered at the Cultural Centre of Neumünster Abbey in Luxembourg, on 18 February 2016 for the Introductory Seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA). The seminar was hosted by the EFTA Statistical Office and was the first of its kind in Luxembourg.
The EEA comprises the 28 EU Member States and the three EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The seminar participants received briefings on the history of EFTA and its role in the broader European integration process, the origins of the EEA and how EU law becomes EEA law, EU-EFTA cooperation in the field of statistics, the EFTA States' contribution to European cohesion efforts, and the role of the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the EFTA Court.
After the seminar, the participants were invited to a reception to mark the 25th anniversary of the EFTA Statistical Office.
The EEA-Lex is a helpful tool to find out about the legal basis for submission of data by EEA EFTA countries - Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - to Eurostat.
On 10 June, a new version of the EEA-Lex was launched on the website of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The EEA-Lex is an interactive tool offering information on EU law that has been extended to the European Economic Area (EEA) or is under consideration for extension.
The new version is offering improved search functionalities and individual web pages for each legal act. From the results list, users are directed to fact sheets. These are now stable individual pages with a unique address (URL), which can also be found through Google and other search engines.
For an EU act incorporated into the EEA Agreement, the fact sheet includes links to both the EU act and the Joint Committee Decision (JCD) incorporating it. As a JCD may include amendments or derogations to the EU act, it is essential to consult it in order to see how EU law has been extended to the EEA.
The fourth EFTA country -Switzerland - is not a member of the EEA. The legal acts in force for Switzerland can be found in Annex A of the bilateral Swiss/EU Agreement in the field of statistics.
This is EFTA 2015 provides an overview of the activities and institutional framework of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which has played an important role in the political and economic development of Europe and beyond since its establishment more than half a century ago.
This publication also offers updates on recent developments and presents statistical information about EFTA's Member States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Together, they represent the world's twelfth largest trader in merchandise goods and seventh largest trader in commercial services, whilst being important markets for inward investment as well as significant capital exporters.