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May 4, 2015, 13:21

The future of the EEA agreement

Open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland in cooperation with the EU Info Centre Friday May 8 from 13:30 to 15:30 at Askja 132.


The EEA agreement is a constant topic of debate in Iceland. It is the countries’ most extensive international agreement and its effects on Icelandic society are wide and far-reaching. The EU has been evolving at high speed in recent years, which has put increased pressure on the EEA agreement. The seminar thus aims at examining the current status of the EEA agreement – its functioning and future. Is the importance of the agreement to the EU diminishing? Does the agreement fully serve the interest of people in the EEA countries?

Speakers: 

Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iceland

Ingvild Næss Stub, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway

Gianluca Grippa, Head of Division, Western Europe Unit, European External Action Service

Panel discussion with Ingvild Næss Stub, Gianluca Grippa and the following participants: 

Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Chairman of the EU-Iceland joint Parliamentary Committee 

Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, from the Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ) 

Pétur Reimarsson, from SA-Business Iceland

Svana Helen Björnsdóttir, Executive Chairman and founder of Stiki – Information Security

Moderator: Björg Thorarensen, Professor of Law at the University of Iceland

The seminar will take place in English and is open to all