On 19 January 2022, during a public sitting of the EFTA Court, Mr Arne Røksund from Norway took the oath as a new Member of the EFTA Surveillance Authority. He is also the new President of the Authority. Mr Røksund served as Secretary-General of Norway’s Ministry of Defence from March 2017. Before that he was Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. He holds a doctorate degree in history. He succeeds Ms Bente Angell-Hansen as a Member and President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority.
On the same occasion, Mr Árni Páll Árnason from Iceland took the oath as a new Member of the EFTA Surveillance Authority. Mr Árnason was the Deputy Managing Director of EEA and Norway Grants. He was a Member of the Icelandic Parliament for almost a decade and held several ministerial posts as well as being the chair of the Social Democratic Party. He holds a law degree from the University of Iceland and did postgraduate studies at the College of Europe. He succeeds Mr Högni S. Kristjánsson as a Member of the EFTA Surveillance Authority.
College Members of the EFTA Surveillance Authority are appointed, for a period of four years, by common accord of the Governments of the three EFTA States parties to the EEA Agreement.