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  • EFTA Council approves new three-year arrangement with Eurostat   05.10.2016
    Ambassador Högni Kristjánsson and Deputy Head Nína Björk Jónsdóttir, Permanent Mission of Iceland to the International Organizations in Geneva.

    The EFTA Council has approved an arrangement with Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, regarding technical cooperation in the field of statistics. It will cover a three-year period, from 2017 to 2019, and involves a financial commitment amounting to EUR 2.1 million over the three years, which is the same amount as in the previous period.

  • Swiss Ambassador presents credentials to Secretary-General   05.09.2016
    From left: Mr Didier Chambovey, Ambassador, Switzerland; Mr Kristinn F. Árnason, Secretary-General, EFTA

    Ambassador Didier Chambovey met with Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason on 5 September 2016 in Geneva to present his credentials as Switzerland’s representative to EFTA.

  • Icelandic Ambassador presents credentials to Secretary-General   22.08.2016
    From left: Mr Högni S. Kristjánsson, Ambassador, Iceland; Mr Kristinn F. Árnason, Secretary-General, EFTA

    Ambassador Högni S. Kristjánsson met with Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason on 22 August 2016 in Geneva to present his credentials as Iceland‘s representative to EFTA.

  • EFTA Council Chair outlines priorities for second half of 2016   12.07.2016
    Ambassador Martin Eyjólfsson, Permanent Mission of Iceland to the International Organizations  in Geneva.

    Iceland, holding the rotating Council Chair for the second half of 2016, presented its priorities at the EFTA Council meeting in Geneva on 12 July.

  • EFTA Ministerial meeting, Bern, Switzerland, 27 June 2016   27.06.2016
    Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann (EFTA Chair), President of the Swiss Confederation and Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

    At the summer Ministerial meeting in Bern on 27 June, EFTA Ministers signed a Free Trade Agreement with Georgia and launched negotiations with Ecuador. They also discussed the outcome of the UK’s referendum on EU membership and its possible implications. They underlined the importance of maintaining close trade relations with the UK, which is one of the major trading partners of the EFTA countries.

  • EFTA’s Annual Report for 2015 published   28.04.2016

    The 55th Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association has been published. The report contains an overview of the functions and activities of EFTA throughout 2015 in the areas of managing the EEA Agreement, EFTA’s worldwide network of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and the EFTA Convention.

  • EFTA Council discusses preparations for the summer Ministerial meeting   18.04.2016

    On 18 April, at the second meeting in 2016 under the chairmanship of Switzerland, the EFTA Council discussed preparations for the EFTA Ministerial meeting in Bern on 27 June 2016.

  • EFTA traineeships open for applications   16.02.2016

    The EFTA traineeships for 2016 are now open for applications. The duration of the traineeships is from 1 September 2016 until 30 June 2017.

  • EFTA Council Chair outlines priorities for first half of 2016   12.02.2016
    From left: Adalsteinn Leifsson, Director, EFTA Secretariat; Ambassador Remigi Winzap of Switzerland, Chair of the EFTA Council; Marc Wey, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Mission of Switzerland to EFTA and WTO

    On 11 February 2016, the EFTA Council met in Geneva. Switzerland, holding the rotating Council chair for the first half of the year, presented its priorities.

  • EFTA Council approves budget for 2016   07.12.2015
    Ambassador Harald Neple (Chair), Mission of Norway to EFTA and the WTO (right), and Adalsteinn Leifsson, Director, EFTA Secretariat.

    On 7 December, at its last meeting in 2015, the EFTA Council approved the budget for 2016 and reviewed the winter Ministerial meeting held on 23 November in Geneva.