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  • Iceland's Foreign Minister: EFTA countries are champions of free trade   09.03.2018
    Guðlaugur Thór Thórðarson, right, at EFTA's Ministerial meeting in Geneva on 24 November 2017.

    Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson has been Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs since January 2017; first in the government of Bjarni Benediktsson and since 30 November in the government of Katrín Jakobsdóttir, formed by the Independence Party, the Left Green Movement and the Progressive Party. Previous to that he was Minister of Health and Social Security 2007 to 2009. He has been a member of Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, since 2003, and is a former chair of the EFTA Parliamentary Committee. Gudlaugur Thór will chair EFTA’s next Ministerial meeting, in Sauðárkrókur, Iceland, on 25 June. He spoke to the EFTA Newsletter.

  • EFTA-UK Trade in 2017   09.03.2018
    Last year the EFTA Secretariat published a note on trade between EFTA and the United Kingdom, highlighting the importance of the trade relationship for all EFTA States and for the UK.

    Last year the EFTA Secretariat published a note on trade between EFTA and the United Kingdom, highlighting the importance of the trade relationship for all EFTA States and for the UK.

  • EIB investments in EFTA countries extended for another four years   01.03.2018
    Bjarni Benediktsson and Andrew McDowell after the signature at Iceland's Finance Ministry in Reykjavik.

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has extended its lending facilities to the four EFTA countries until 31 December 2021. The investment envelope will also be increased to EUR 1 billion from the previous four-year extension of EUR 800 million.

  • First EFTA Council meeting of 2018   07.02.2018
    Ambassador Harald Aspelund chaired the meeting for Iceland.

    The EFTA Council met for its first meeting in 2018 on 6 February under the Icelandic Chairmanship. The Council approved a number of technical statistical cooperation activities which are coordinated by the EFTA Statistical Office in Luxembourg in close collaboration with Eurostat. Delegates took stock of ongoing free trade negotiations and developments in relations to Brexit.

  • EEA EFTA Comments on the public consultation on reporting formalities for ships   17.01.2018
    Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the public consultation on reporting formalities for ships (European Maritime Single Window environment).

    On 17 January 2018 Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the public consultation on reporting formalities for ships (European Maritime Single Window environment).

  • EFTA Council adopts the budget for 2018   07.12.2017
    From left: Adalsteinn Leifsson, Secretary to the Council, Peter Matt, Ambassador of Liechtenstein (Chair), Pascal Schafhauser, Liechtenstein Deputy Permanent Representative.

    On 7 December, the tenth and last Council of the year under the Liechtenstein chairmanship took place in Geneva. During the meeting, the Council adopted the EFTA budget for 2018, Iceland presented their priorities for the first half of 2018, and the Council discussed work with regard to expanding and developing the EFTA network of Free Trade Agreements.

  • Seminar on how EFTA promotes free trade globally   05.12.2017
    The speakers from the EFTA seminar on free trade answered questions from the audience.

    On Monday 4 December 2017, the Brussels Secretariat of EFTA hosted a seminar on EFTA’s free trade relations.

  • Working together with our partners in EFTA and the EU to secure growth and prosperity   27.11.2017
    The Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Marit Berger Røsland shared her thoughts on Brexit, EEA and trade relations.

    Marit Berger Røsland became the Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs on 20 October 2017, succeeding Frank Bakke-Jensen. In an interview with EFTA's Information Team, she shared her thoughts on the future development of trade relations, areas of improvement for the Internal Market and challenges regarding Brexit.

  • EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 24 November 2017   23.11.2017
    From left: Mr Kristinn F. Árnason, Secretary-General, EFTA; Mr Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Iceland; Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Liechtenstein; Ms Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and Industry, Norway; Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.

    On 24 November 2017, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its biannual Ministerial meeting in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Culture and Education of Liechtenstein.

  • EEA EFTA Forum adopts opinions on European Data Economy and Erasmus for local and regional representatives   17.11.2017
    The EEA EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities met in Brussels to discuss ongoing developments in the European Economic Area.

    At its 16th meeting on 16 and 17 November, the EEA EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities met in Brussels to discuss ongoing developments in the European Economic Area. It adopted two opinions: on the European data economy and on an Erasmus programme for local and regional representatives.

Seminar on the European Economic Area - Brussels 13 September 2018