Question for written answer E-010449/2014
to the Commission
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: Norway’s access to the single market
Could the Commission please provide details of the circumstances in which Norway enjoys any derogations from full compliance with the single market legislation?
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini
on behalf of the Commission
Norway is a contracting party to the EEA Agreement. As far as the scope of this Agreement is concerned, it covers the four freedoms and other related policies, however it does not cover the following areas: Common Agriculture and Fisheries Policies; Customs Union, Common Trade Policy, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Justice and Home Affairs (even though the EFTA countries are part of the Schengen area), or Monetary Union (EMU).
In principle, all EU acquis related to the internal market has to be incorporated and applied by the EFTA States as such. Exceptionally, they may be granted derogation, however this has to be agreed by both parties in a Joint Committee Decision.