Eea Agreement Protocol 31

1. The legal capacity, privileges and immunities that must be recognized and granted by EFTA States in relation to the EFTA Supervisory Authority and the EFTA Court of Justice are set out respectively in Protocols 6 and 7 of this agreement. 2. The EFTA Supervisory Authority or the EFTA Court of Justice may reach an agreement with the Government of the States in which their seats are located on the privileges and immunities to be recognized and granted in this context. the agreement is not such as to give the companies concerned the power to determine the prices of a substantial part of the products concerned in the area covered by the agreement, to control or limit production or marketing, nor to protect them from effective competition between other companies located in the territory covered by the agreement. However, if, following a risk analysis, the competent customs authority chooses, for further examination, a shipment that may be implicated, a summary declaration of entry or exit or a customs declaration filed by an approved economic operator, it makes the necessary controls as a priority. At the request of the authorised economic operator and subject to agreement with the relevant customs authority, these checks may be carried out in a location other than that of the relevant customs office. Without prejudice to the specific provisions in force under the agreements between the European Economic Community and the EFTA States, this protocol applies to inspections and formalities relating to the transport of goods which must cross a border between an EFTA State and the Community and between the EFTA States. The terms of this participation are agreed between the parties and the candidate country.

This agreement is submitted to all contracting parties for ratification or approval in accordance with their own procedures. This protocol does not complement or impede the implementation of mutual assistance agreements concluded or likely to be concluded between EC and EFTA states and between EFTA states. Nor does it exclude broader mutual assistance provided under such agreements. The EFTA Court of Justice has jurisdiction over the implementation of this agreement, in accordance with a separate agreement between EFTA states, including: during the transitional period, both the UK and other EEA members remain bound by existing obligations under EU international agreements, including the EEA agreement. [14] In January and February 2020, the UK Government ruled out any future alignment with internal market rules and virtually ruled out EEA membership at the end of the transitional period. [66] [67] [68] When reduced tariffs are applied to certain products under bilateral agreements between the Community and certain EFTA states, these duties are considered basic duties for each of the EFTA states concerned. When a state joins the EU, it does not necessarily immediately become a member of the EEA, but must apply. [32] Following the enlargement of the European UNION in 2007, to which Bulgaria and Romania joined on 1 January 2007, an EEA enlargement agreement was not signed until 25 July 2007 and did not enter into force provisionally until 1 August 2007. [33] [34] [25] The agreement did not enter into full force until November 9, 2011.

[25] On the other hand, the EEA agreement was provisionally applied to the ten candidate countries in May 2004, from their accession to the EU. [35] If the necessary legislative adjustments have not been made to the satisfaction of the contracting parties on the effective date of the agreement, all the points in question may be submitted to the EEA Joint Committee.