In Svalbard EFTA Ministers will discuss third country relations as well as relations with the European Union. Ministers will also meet with the EFTA Parliamentary and Consultative Committees. The meeting will be chaired by the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Monica Mæland.
The Council also discussed recent third country activities including with Turkey, the East African Community (EAC), Canada, MERCOSUR, Ecuador and Malaysia. Operating and action grants to support standardisation activities were also approved. Regarding EFTA-EU relations, the Secretary General gave an update on preparations for the EEA Council scheduled on 16 May in Brussels.
The next Council meeting is scheduled for 2 May 2017.
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