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  • Switzerland takes over chair of the EFTA Council   07.07.2014
    Ambassador Remigi Winzap of Switzerland, Chair of the EFTA Council

    The EFTA Council met in Geneva on 7 July 2014. Switzerland, holding the rotating Council chair for the second half of the year, presented its priorities. The Council also reviewed the results of the Ministerial meeting in the Westman Islands, Iceland held on 23 June 2014.

  • EFTA Ministerial meeting, Westman Islands, Iceland, 23 June 2014   23.06.2014
    Mr Gunnar Brage Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Iceland, charing EFTA's Ministerial Meeting at the Westman Islands on 23 June 2014. To his left: Mr Martin Ejólfsson, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to EFTA Permanent Mission of Iceland, Geneva, and Mr Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to the EU, Brussels

    On 23 June 2014, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in the Westman Islands, Iceland. The meeting was chaired by Mr Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland. Ministers of the four EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) signed a joint declaration on cooperation with the Philippines, represented by Mr Gregory L. Domingo, Secretary of Trade and Industry.

  • EFTA Ministers to meet in the Westman Islands on 23 June 2014   12.06.2014

    At its meeting in Geneva on 12 June, the EFTA Council prepared for the summer EFTA Ministerial meeting that will take place on 23 June in the Westman Islands, Iceland. The Council also took stock of ongoing issues relating to EFTA’s free trade relations.

  • Keynote speech on Swiss-EU relations by Swiss State Secretary Ineichen-Fleisch   04.06.2014
    Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch

    On 3 June 2014, Ms Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, State Secretary and Director of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland, gave a keynote speech at a breakfast meeting hosted by the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels.

  • EFTA Council prepares for the summer Ministerial meeting   08.05.2014

    The EFTA summer Ministerial meeting that will take in Iceland was prominent on the agenda of the EFTA Council which met for the third time this year on 8 May. The Council also reviewed ongoing free trade relations with several countries outside the European Union.

  • EFTA Council Chair outlines priorities for first half of 2014   11.02.2014

    Iceland, holding the rotating Council Chair for the first six months of the year, presented its priorities at the first EFTA Council meeting of 2014 on 11 February. EFTA has an ambitious agenda in free trade negotiations and the Council discussed the latest negotiating round with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The EFTA-Eurostat Technical Cooperation Programme for 2014 was adopted at the meeting.

  • EFTA Council discusses TTIP and Bali results   12.12.2013
    Ambassador Norbert Frick from Liechtenstein, Chair of the EFTA Council

    On 11 December, the EFTA Council met for the last time in 2013. The members discussed inter alia, the TTIP process, EFTA’s negotiations with India and approved the budget for 2014.

  • EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 November 2013   18.11.2013
    Ms Auriela Frick, Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liechtenstein, chairing the EFTA Ministerial meeting in Geneva on 18 November 2013; and Mr Norbert Frick, Ambassador, Mission of Liechtenstein to EFTA and WTO

    On 18 November 2013, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its biannual Ministerial Meeting in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein. The EFTA Ministers met with the Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy of the Philippines, Mr Adrian S. Cristobal Jr, to discuss options for developing closer trade relations between the two sides.

  • EFTA Secretariat renews Administrative Arrangement with Eurostat on Technical Cooperation in Statistics   14.11.2013
    EFTA Secretariat renews Administrative Arrangement with Eurostat on Technical Cooperation in Statistics

    The triennial administrative arrangement which has governed technical cooperation between the EFTA Secretariat and the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) since 2005 has just been renewed for the period 2014 to 2016.

  • Tourism statistics released for EU and EFTA countries   12.11.2013
    Reykjavik, Iceland.

    A recent Eurostat report shows that the average expenditure per trip was highest for visitors to Iceland (EUR 1 217 per trip in 2010), followed by Norway (EUR 638 per trip in 2007) and Spain (EUR 529 per trip in 2008).