The EFTA Surveillance Authority
The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.
ESA is an international organisation, independent of the States, which safeguards the rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free movement, fair competition and control of state aid. ESA’s work helps remove barriers to trade and open up new opportunities to over 450 million Europeans, creating jobs and growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.
ESA is based in Brussels. It currently employs staff members of 20 nationalities. ESA is led by a College consisting of three members, each appointed for a period of four years by the three participating EFTA States.
Job Reference 18/2021
ESA is recruiting a legal officer to join its Internal Market Affairs Directorate (IMA).
The successful candidate will be assigned responsibilities for surveillance work in relation to the application of general Internal Market law.
IMA is responsible for monitoring the EEA EFTA States to ensure that they comply with their obligations in the field of internal market law. The successful candidate will be assigned responsibility for general surveillance work and case handling regarding the implementation and application of EEA law. Day to day tasks include the examination of complaints, legal conformity assessments, drafting of decisions, opinions and reports.
For this particular vacancy, we are looking for candidates with experience of dealing with EEA law on the four freedoms. Experience in other areas of EEA law is also desirable. Depending on workload and other requirements, the responsibilities may also cover other general or specific issues relating to EEA law. On an ongoing basis, a significant share of the cases handled by IMA involve Norway. The cases may further involve considerable amounts of documentation in the Norwegian language. As such, we are looking for lawyers with experience within the field of internal market law and knowledge of the language, legal system, economy and national administration of Norway.
The following are essential
- University degree in law, or recognised equivalent qualification in law;
- Very good knowledge of the legal framework of the internal market, in particular the four freedoms;
- Knowledge of the legal system, economy and national administration of Norway;
- Command of written and spoken Norwegian;
- Excellent command of written and spoken English (ESA’s working language) as well as proven legal drafting ability;
- Excellent organisational, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills;
- Initiative and the ability to work both independently and in a team in an international environment.
The following are desirable
- Postgraduate degree in EEA/EU law;
- Familiarity with the legal orders of Iceland or Liechtenstein;
- Knowledge of and familiarity with the functioning of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, and of the EEA EFTA States;
- Relevant professional experience involving the EU institutions, relevant national authorities or administrations.
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