New Swiss and Icelandic ambassadors present credentials to the Secretary-General

Published 18-09-2012
Ambassador Remigi Winzap of Switzerland and Ambassador Martin Eyjólfsson of Iceland each met with Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason in Geneva on 18 September 2012 to present their credentials as their countries’ representatives to EFTA.

Ambassador Winzap was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the WTO and EFTA in Geneva as of 1 August 2012. From 2007 to 2012, Ambassador Winzap served as Minister-Counsellor and Head of the WTO Division at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO in Berne. Previously, he was a Counselor at the Swiss Mission to the EU in Brussels from 2001 to 2006 and he headed the Trade Cooperation Unit at SECO from 1997 to 2001. In 1993 and 1994 he was posted at the Swiss Embassy in Paris and, from 1990 to 1992, was part of the Swiss negotiating teams on services in the Uruguay Round negotiations and on the creation of the European Economic Area (EEA).

Ambassador Eyjólfsson began his tenure as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iceland to EFTA, the WTO and other international organisations in Geneva on 1 September 2012. Previously he served as Director-General of the Directorate for external trade and economic affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Reykjavik. He had held various positions in the Icelandic Foreign Service since 1996, including Director of European Affairs, Deputy Director in the Department of external trade and a Counsellor at the Icelandic Mission to the EU in Brussels from 1998 to 2002. He was a member of the Chief Negotiation Committee on Iceland’s Membership to the EU from 2009 until his assignment in Geneva.