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EFTA Council Chair outlines priorities for first half of 2015
Liechtenstein, holding the rotating Council Chair for the first six months of the year, presented its priorities at the first EFTA Council meeting of 2015 on 3 February.
Dag W. Holter, new Deputy Secretary-General in Brussels
On 15 January 2015, Mr Dag Wernø Holter of Norway took up the post of Deputy Secretary-General at EFTA’s Brussels office. He will head the Association's work in relation to the management of the Agreement on the European Economic Area.
EFTA approves agreement on deposit of its historical archives
On 8 December, during its final meeting of 2014, the EFTA Council approved the budget for 2015 and an agreement regarding the deposit of EFTA documents over 30 years old at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.
EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, 17 November 2014
On 17 November 2014, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its biannual Ministerial Meeting in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland.
Guatemala set to join EFTA-Central America Free Trade Agreement
At its meeting on 6 November 2014, the EFTA Council welcomed the outcome of the concluding round of negotiations between EFTA and Guatemala, paving the way for Guatemala’s accession to the EFTA-Central America Free Trade Agreement. An event to mark the conclusion of these negotiations will take place during the EFTA Ministerial meeting in Geneva on 17 November.
EEA EFTA and EU Ministers reach agreement on European Supervisory Authorities
On 14 October 2014, Finance Ministers from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the European Union announced that a solution had been found on the incorporation of the EU Regulations establishing the European Supervisory Authorities into the EEA Agreement. Joint conclusions were adopted at the annual meeting between EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy (the “EFTA ECOFIN”) in Luxembourg.
EFTA Council prepares for the autumn Ministerial meeting
The EFTA autumn Ministerial meeting that will take place in Switzerland was prominent on the agenda of the EFTA Council which met for the sixth time this year on 2 October 2014.
EFTA welcomes Norwegian Minister to Geneva Headquarters
On 16 September 2014, Ms Sylvi Listhaug, Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food, visited the EFTA Secretariat in Geneva. Minister Listhaug had a meeting with Secretary-General Kristinn Árnason and also met with free trade experts to discuss recent developments.
Liechtenstein Ambassador presents credentials to Secretary-General
Ambassador Peter Matt met with Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason on 8 September 2014 in Geneva to present his credentials as Liechtenstein‘s representative to EFTA.
Martin Zbinden, new Deputy Secretary-General in Geneva
On 1 September 2014, Mr Martin Zbinden of Switzerland takes up the post of Deputy Secretary-General at EFTA’s Geneva office. Mr Zbinden will head the Association’s Trade Relations Division which supports the four Member States in the negotiation and management of their free trade agreements with countries outside the European Union.