EEA Law for (Non-) Lawyers Tutorial: The Interaction between the European Union Law and EEA Law

18-19/Jan/2016  •  Luxembourg

Project Leader
Dr. Alina Domaradzka
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Target group
Officials and specialists in the national and local administrations of EEA countries and EU Member States, whose work is affected – directly or indirectly – by European Union legislation, e.g. by participation in EU law-making, law approximation or application of national laws derived from EU law.

The body of European law extends to the European Economic Area (EEA), shaping policies and legislation of EEA countries, most prominently in relation to internal market and free movement freedoms. As a consequence, regulatory and enforcement practices of national and local governmental bodies in the EEA countries have to be adapted accordingly to respect the requirements of the European law.

This seminar will allow participants to gain practical understanding of the interaction between EU and EEA law as well as the main principles underpinning EU internal market acquis and its impact on EEA law. Secondly, the seminar will promote best practices that ensure correct enforcement of EEA Regulations stemming from EU Directives and Regulations.

While the first module will take up the questions of the main characteristic features and legal effect of EU/EEA acts that are applied in the internal market field, the second module will take practical approach and focus on the law implementation and enforcement and respective competences of the EFTA Surveillance Authority and EFTA Court.

Learning methodology
The programme has been divided into two one-day modules to offer participants flexibility in adapting the event to their needs. The tutorials will involve lectures by EIPA specialists and expert practitioners for small groups of participants, allowing for adjustment to specific participants’ needs. Interactive parts of the training like case-studies and workshops will put the knowledge gained by the participants into a practical context to demonstrate the relevance and consequences of the EU rules for their daily work. This seminar will also put a particular emphasis on offering networking and exchange opportunities as a result of interaction between the participants.

At the end of this seminar, participants will
• have practical understanding of the interaction between EU and EEA law;
• recognise key characteristic features of these two legal systems and legal acts adopted under these systems;
• have a sound understanding of the obligations of the EEA countries when applying the EU rules and of the relevant case law of the EFTA court

This seminar will also be held in:
6/Oct/16 • Luxembourg