The vast majority of industries are subject to rules originating in EEA law. Regardless of whether the EEA rules are sector legislation that establishes joint obligations for all parties within the EEA, or general rules regarding free flow of goods, services, capital and persons, EEA law can have a major impact on the activities of a company, and set the framework for exercising public authority. Some of the areas impacted by EEA rules have become separate legal areas, such as financial regulation and data protection, and make up separate areas of expertise in BAHR. Nevertheless, overarching expertise within EU/EEA law is necessary from time to time, based on knowledge and experience with both the special legal sources and procedural features of this legislation, in addition to how this affects the application of law in Norway.
In a field of law which is continuously developing, BAHR’s attorneys are able to address both known and new issues. We help study how potential amendments to legislation at the EU/EEA level can impact Norwegian businesses’ freedom to act, and how the businesses can adapt and adjust to address the new or revised requirements. Within this very extensive field which constitutes the four freedoms, we examine whether EEA law has been complied with and consider measures that can be implemented to ensure compliance. If a client suffers negative consequences as a result of the state’s incorrect application or enforcement of the EEA rules, we can assist in taking the necessary steps to secure potential remedies. This can take place through dialogue with the authorities in Norway or in Brussels or, if necessary, through taking legal action. BAHR’s attorneys have broad experience in assisting the public sector with EEA law issues, including the limits set by the four freedoms on state sovereignty.