New Senior Management at the EFTA Secretariat

Published 03-09-2018
From left: Pascal Schafhauser, Deputy Secretary-General, Hege Marie Hoff, Deputy Secretary-General, Henri Gétaz, Secretary-General, Andri Lúthersson, Deputy Secretary-General.
On 1 September new Senior Management took over at the EFTA Secretariat, with Henri Gétaz as Secretary-General. Three new Deputy Secretaries-General also took up their duties; Hege Marie Hoff (Brussels), Pascal Schafhauser (Geneva) and Andri Lúthersson (Brussels).

Mr. Gétaz is a Swiss Ambassador. Before being appointed as Secretary-General of EFTA, he headed the Directorate for European Affairs DEA within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating ongoing negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union, including leading negotiations on a new framework institutional agreement for Swiss-EU relations.

“EFTA has a central role to play in many respects for its members, but also as a group of countries dedicated to the idea of freedom and the rule of law when it comes to trade relations. EFTA has been part of European construction from the outset and may have an even more important role at the present juncture of European integration. I am therefore thrilled to join the Association today,” Mr. Gétaz said.

Ms. Hege Marie Hoff has worked within the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the last 25 years, most recently as Director in the section of EEA and trade law. She was also a Senior Legal Adviser at the EFTA Secretariat from 1999-2004.

Mr. Pascal Schafhauser is a diplomat from Liechtenstein, who most recently served as Deputy Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein in Geneva.

Mr. Andri Lúthersson is an Icelandic diplomat who has most recently been the Brexit-coordinator at the Directorate-General of the Permanent State Secretary. He is not new to the EFTA Secretariat, as he was a Senior Officer responsible for the EFTA Parliamentary Committee and the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee in 2005-2011.

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Seminar on the European Economic Area - Brussels 13 September 2018