Halvard Haukeland Fredriksen – A ‘special relationship’ built on a patchwork – How the CJEU sees the EEA EFTA states

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BECCLE-medlem Halvard Haukeland Fredriksen publiserte 20. april et innlegg på efta-studies.org med tittelen “A ‘special relationship’ built on a patchwork – How the CJEU sees the EEA EFTA states”. Innlegget presenterer og analyserer den nylig avsagte avgjørelsen fra ECJ, Case C-897/19, som kan vise seg å bli viktig for fremtiden for EØS-samarbeidet og for forholdet mellom EFTA-statene og EU.

Innlegget kan finnes på efta-studies.org ved å følge denne lenken.

Sammendrag av innlegget: 

“With the Grand Chamber judgment in Case C-897/19 I.N., the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) firmly demonstrates its commitment to the object and purpose of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA): To extend the EU internal market to the participating EFTA States. Despite a number of differences in the legal context, the Grand Chamber ruled that the EEA Agreement protects an Icelandic citizen on vacation in an EU Member State from extradition to a third State in the same way as EU law protects EU citizens in such situations. Drawing not only on the EEA Agreement but also a number of the other agreements that exists between the EU and the EEA/EFTA States, the CJEU stated that Iceland has ‘a special relationship with the European Union, which goes beyond economic and commercial cooperation’. In striking contrast to the approach advocated by the Norwegian government, the judgment strengthens the impression of the EEA/EFTA States as ‘insiders’ rather than ‘outsiders’ also in matters where the application of EEA law is affected by parts of EU law that fall outside the scope of the EEA Agreement, but which are covered by other agreements between the EEA/EFTA States and the EU. The full reach of such a more holistic approach to the legal relationship between the EU and the EEA/EFTA States remains to be mapped out, but it could be considerable. It may also be relevant for Swiss-EU relations, one way or the other”.