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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.
EFTA Council discusses relations with partners outside European Union
The EFTA Council met on 11 May for the third time under the Liechtenstein chairmanship in 2011. The agenda included relations with partners outside the European Union, notably countries in Central America, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Preparations for the Ministerial meeting in June were also discussed.
EFTA and EU support training for statisticians
The EFTA Council met on 15 March for its second meeting in 2011 under the Liechtenstein Chairmanship. The EFTA-Eurostat Technical Cooperation Programme was adopted. The agenda also included EFTA’s recent activities with countries outside the European Union, notably India and Jordan.
Parliamentarians from EFTA and Vietnam express wish for closer trade ties
From 22 to 25 February 2011, a delegation from the EFTA Parliamentary Committee met with parliamentarians, officials and stakeholders in Hanoi, Vietnam, to discuss the merits of strengthened trade relations between the EFTA States and Vietnam. The delegation, which was led by Committee Chairman Mr Svein Roald Hansen, was invited by the National Assembly of Vietnam to meet with policy makers in the Assembly and in key ministries.
EFTA Council discusses relations with countries outside the European Union
The EFTA Council held its first meeting of 2011 on 7 February. The Chair presented Liechtenstein’s priorities for the first half of the year (see separate news item). The Council also reviewed EFTA’s recent activities with countries outside the European Union, including the start of free trade negotiations with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, as well as those with Indonesia.
Priorities of the Liechtenstein Council Chair, first half of 2011
In the Council meeting on 7 February 2011, Liechtenstein presented its priorities of its EFTA Chairmanship for the first half of 2011, covering EFTA internal affairs as well as free trade relations with countries outside the European Union.