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EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 14 November 2011
On 14 November 2011, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held a Ministerial Meeting in Geneva under the Chairmanship of Mr Trond Giske, Minister of Trade and Industry of Norway. Ministers from the four EFTA Member States and Montenegro signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Together with Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama, the EFTA Ministers announced the start of free trade negotiations.
EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy meet in Brussels
The annual meeting of EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy (the “EFTA ECOFIN”) took place on 8 November 2011 in Brussels. The item on the agenda was Ensuring Financial Sector Stability. The EFTA ECOFIN meeting was preceded by an internal meeting of the EFTA Ministers.
EFTA Council prepares for winter Ministerial meeting in Geneva
On 27 October, the EFTA Council in Geneva discussed preparations for the meeting of the EFTA Ministers that will take place on 14 November under the chairmanship of Norway. The Council also approved a grant to the European Committee for Standardisation.
The EFTA Council discusses relations with partners outside the European Union and the upcoming EFTA Ministerial meeting
The EFTA Council met for the seventh time in 2011 in Geneva on 4 October 2011 under the chairmanship of Norway, which holds the rotating EFTA chair during the second half of this year. The Council approved amendments to the Vaduz Convention and discussed relations with countries outside the European Union.
EFTA Secretary-General Kåre Bryn expresses condolences to Norway
Kåre Bryn, Secretary-General of the European Free Trade Association, condemns last Friday's cruel acts of violence and extends his condolences to the government of Norway and the families of the victims.
Norway takes over chair of the EFTA Council
The EFTA Council met in Geneva on 13 July 2011. Norway, which now holds the rotating Council chairmanship, presented its priorities for the second half of the year. The Council reviewed last month’s Ministerial meeting in Liechtenstein and discussed relations with countries outside the European Union.
Standardisation experts meet in EFTA on 22 June 2011
The European Office of Crafts, Trades and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises for Standardisation - NORMAPME - held a meeting with its technical experts on 22 June, hosted by EFTA in Brussels.
EFTA Ministerial meeting, Schaan, Liechtenstein, 21 June 2011
On 21 June 2011, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in Schaan, Liechtenstein, chaired by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein. Ministers of the four EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) signed a Free Trade Agreement with Hong Kong, China, represented by Mr Gregory So, Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development.
EFTA Ministers to sign free trade agreement with Hong Kong, China
On 21 June 2011, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) will hold its summer Ministerial meeting in Schaan, Liechtenstein, which is holding EFTA's rotating chairmanship for the first six months of this year. The meeting will be chaired by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein.
EFTA Ministers will meet in Liechtenstein on 21 June
On 7 June, the EFTA Council in Geneva discussed preparations for the meeting of the EFTA Ministers that will take place in Liechtenstein on 21 June. Plans are underway that EFTA and Hong Kong, China will sign a free trade agreement at this occasion. The Council also reviewed ongoing free trade negotiations with Indonesia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as those with Montenegro.