The electoral promises before the EU elections are many, but what exactly has the European Parliament decided during the period that expires? Here are examples that also affect Norway.
As of 2021, many disposable plastic products, such as cutlery, plates, straws and q-tips, are prohibited throughout the EU. The purpose of the ban is to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the sea. It was the European Commission that presented the proposal. Following negotiations with the Council of Ministers and Parliament, a detailed bill was voted on and received a large majority in parliament.
Norway was inspired by the EU ban and has introduced a similar law, but with effect from next year.
In 2016, the EU’s new data protection regulation (General Data Protection Regulation) was adopted and it entered into force in the EU member states on May 25 last year. GDPR is incorporated into the EEA and therefore also applies in Norway.
GDPR imposes strict requirements on businesses and organizations in handling personal data from individuals. Among other things, visitors to web sites must approve that personal data are collected about them. Companies that break these rules risk millions of fines.
Equal pay for equal work
From 2020, the EU Posting Directive (from 1996) will also regulate how long EU citizens can be on a temporary job in another EU country. The new rules set a limit of 18 months. After this, the employee shall be fully covered by the host country’s labor market rules.
The new regulations will in all cases also be introduced in the EEA and Norway.
New rules for truck transport
Truck drivers who drive in another EU country must follow this country’s labor market rules. This is part of the European Parliament’s major roadmap that intends to reduce or prevent dumping of wages in the transport sector. The final negotiations still remain on this.
Norway has (as part of the Road Alliance) been a driving force for this same with other countries. Several other countries in Eastern Europe have opposed the changes as it will weaken their transport companies to compete on wages in the west.
Concurrent mobile prices
Since 2017, mobile customers have paid the same price as at home when they call, send SMS or use the internet on trips to EU countries and countries in the EEA. This is a matter that the EU Parliament would like to highlight among the nearly 1,000 bills that have been dealt with since 2014. The rule applies to most people in the EU and the EEA and not just individual companies or individual industries.
The EU’s new rules on copyright on the Internet have been highly discussed. The followers are looking forward to increased protection for authors, photographers and artists’ rights. Critics believe that the law limits the free flow of information on the internet.