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EFTA Ministerial meeting, Reykjavik, 24 June 2010
On 24 June 2010, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, chaired by Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland. Ministers from the four EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) signed a new Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine, represented by Konstyantin Gryshchenko, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
EFTA, Peru and Ukraine plan to sign free trade agreements in Reykjavik
On 5 June the EFTA Council met for the fifth time in 2010 under the chairmanship of Iceland. It prepared for the Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik in June and discussed relations with countries outside the EU, notably with Russia.
EFTA Council discusses Ministerial meeting and relations with non-EU partner countries
On 17 May the EFTA Council met for the fourth time in 2010 under the chairmanship of Iceland. Discussions took place on preparations for the Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik in June as well as on relations with EFTA partner countries outside the EU, including Ukraine, Mexico and Vietnam.
Anniversary celebrations in Geneva
The entry into force of the EFTA Convention fifty years ago was celebrated at an anniversary event in Geneva on 3 May, which included greetings from John Clarke, chargé d'affaires at the Mission of the European Union, Bozkurt Aran, Ambassador of Turkey, and Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Secretary of State of the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Iceland currently holds the chairmanship of EFTA.
EFTA Council discusses Ministerial meeting and relations with non-EU countries
On 16 April the EFTA Council met for its third meeting of 2010, under the Icelandic chairmanship. The agenda included a review of relations with non-EU countries and a review of preparations for the upcoming Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik on June 24.
EFTA Council discussed free trade negotiations with Ukraine and plans for summer Ministerial meeting
On 15 March the EFTA Council met for its second meeting of 2010, chaired by Iceland. The agenda included a review of ongoing free trade negotiations with Ukraine, EFTA's anniversary celebrations in May and preparations for the Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik in June.
Standing and Joint Committee meetings - 28 and 29 January 2010
The EFTA Standing Committee and EEA Joint Committee met on 28 and 29 January respectively for their first meetings of the year.
EFTA Autumn Ministerial Meeting 2009
EFTA Ministers reviewed the state and the perspectives of free trade relations with partner countries worldwide.
EFTA 1960-2010 – Partners in Progress
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2010 and the 15th Anniversary of the EEA Agreement in 2009.
EFTA Ministerial Meeting in Hamar
The EFTA Ministers signed a Free Trade Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). They welcomed the ratification of the Free Trade Agreement with Canada and the recent signing of a Joint Declaration on Cooperation with Mauritius. Ministers welcomed the start of negotiations with Ukraine, Serbia and Albania. Ministers noted the recent steps taken to prepare for negotiations of an FTA between the EFTA States and Russia, and agreed to assess the feasibility of launching such negotiations in the second half of 2009. They decided to open free trade negotiations with Hong Kong and to examine, jointly with Vietnam, the feasibility of a free trade agreement. The EEA EFTA Ministers welcomed the inclusion of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the Services Directive into the Agreement. They complimented the successful round-up of commitments under the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2004-2009, and underlined the importance of finalising the ongoing negotiations on the future financial contributions as soon as possible.