Before taking office, each judge takes an oath, in open proceedings, to perform his duties impartially and conscientiously and to preserve the secrecy of the Tribunal`s deliberations. CONSIDERING that, in accordance with Article 108, paragraph 1 of the EEA agreement, EFTA States set up an independent Supervisory Authority (EFTA Supervisory Authority) and set up procedures similar to those of the European Community, including procedures to ensure the enforcement of obligations under the EEA agreement and to monitor the legality of the EFTA Supervisory Authority`s acts with regard to competition; Like the EFTA Court of Justice, the EFTA Court of Justice does not follow the provisions of Articles 31 and 32 of the 1969 Vienna Convention on Treaty Law, but the methodological rules normally applied by national higher and constitutional courts. Teleological (or useful) interpretation is particularly important, but dynamic interpretation is not uncommon. Finally, the case law of the EFTA Court of Justice also reveals a comparative analysis of US EU law, as can be seen in E-07/13 Creditinfo L`nstraust[4], which compares the conditions for the reuse of public sector information with those of the US Freedom of Information Act 1966. A court of justice of the EFTA states, known as the EFTA jurisdiction, is set up. It operates in accordance with the provisions of this agreement and the EEA agreement. CONVAINCUS that the EFTA Supervisory Authority and the European Communities Commission cooperate, exchange information and consult with each other on surveillance policy issues and individual cases; An independent supervisory authority for EFTA states, the EFTA Supervisory Authority, is established. THE EFTA States, the EFTA Supervisory Authority, the EU and the European Commission are represented before the Court of Justice by a designated agent for each case; the agent may be assisted by a counsel or a lawyer. Other parties must be represented by a lawyer. Only a lawyer entitled to practise before a court of a contracting party to the EEA agreement can represent or assist a party before the Court of Justice. These plenipotentiaries, advisers and lawyers enjoy, when they appear before the Court, the rights and exemptions necessary for the independent exercise of their duties, under the conditions set out in the Court`s rules of procedure. For those counsel and lawyers who appear before him, the Court has, in accordance with the Court`s rules of procedure, the powers that are normally conferred on the courts. The EEA is in a two-pillar structure, with the EU being a pillar and the three EFTA states participating in the other.

For the most part, the EEA agreement extended the EU internal market to participating EFTA member states.

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