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  • EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy meet in Brussels   13.11.2012
    Katrín Júlíusdóttir and Vassos Shiarly

    The annual meeting of EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy (the “EFTA ECOFIN”) took place on 13 November 2012 in Brussels. The main topic for discussion was financial markets integration and economic growth.

  • EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 12 November 2012   12.11.2012
    Össur Skarphéðinsson

    On 12 November 2012, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held a Ministerial Meeting in Geneva under the Chairmanship of Mr Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland. The EFTA Ministers signed a Joint Declaration on Cooperation with Pakistan, represented by Mr Shahid Bashir, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.

  • EFTA Council: Senior appointments for Brussels office   06.11.2012
    From right to left: Ambassador Martin Eyjólfsson, Mission of Iceland to EFTA and WTO, chairing the EFTA Council on 6 November 2012, Council Secretary Gudmundur Einarsson and Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason.

    On 6 November 2012, the EFTA Council discussed preparations for the meeting of EFTA Ministers that will take place in Geneva on 12 November under the chairmanship of Iceland. The Council appointed Ambassador Helge Skaara of Norway as Deputy Secretary-General for the Association’s Brussels office.

  • The EFTA Council discusses the upcoming EFTA Ministerial meeting and current free trade negotiations   04.10.2012
    Ambassador Martin Eyjólfsson of Iceland, Chair of the EFTA Council

    The EFTA Council met for the seventh time in 2012 in Geneva on 4 October 2012 under the chairmanship of Iceland, which holds the rotating EFTA chair during the second half of this year. The Council discussed the Ministerial meeting in November and ongoing free trade processes.

  • New Swiss and Icelandic ambassadors present credentials to the Secretary-General   18.09.2012
    Ambassadors Martin Eyjólfsson (left) and Remigi Winzap.

    Ambassador Remigi Winzap of Switzerland and Ambassador Martin Eyjólfsson of Iceland each met with Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason in Geneva on 18 September 2012 to present their credentials as their countries’ representatives to EFTA.

  • Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason takes up his duties   31.08.2012

    On 1 September 2012, Kristinn F. Árnason of Iceland will take up his duties as Secretary-General of the European Free Trade Association. Mr Árnason has a long experience in EFTA affairs, having been Iceland’s Permanent Representative to EFTA, the WTO and other international organisations in Geneva since 2005 as well as serving earlier as Deputy Permanent Representative to the Geneva organisations from 1987 to 1992. He was Ambassador to Norway from 1999 to 2003 and has held several other posts in the Icelandic Foreign Service, including that of Director of External Trade (1994-1998) and Chief negotiator on fisheries issues (1992-1994).

  • Iceland takes over chair of the EFTA Council   11.07.2012
    Ambassador Kristinn F. Árnason, chairing the EFTA Council meeting on 11 July.

    The EFTA Council met on 11 July 2012 in Geneva. Iceland, holding the rotating Council chair for the second half of the year, presented its priorities. The Council also reviewed the Ministerial meeting in Gstaad, Switzerland and the recent negotiating round with Indonesia.

  • EFTA is an important platform for the future   03.07.2012
    EFTA's Secretary-General Kåre Bryn, speaking at the EFTA Ministerial meeting in Gstaad on 28 June 2012

    After six years at the helm of the Association, EFTA’s Secretary-General, Kåre Bryn, will step down on 31 August. Having been Norway’s Ambassador in Geneva and a Member of the EFTA Council from 1999 to 2003, Mr Bryn has a long experience in EFTA affairs. At their meeting in Gstaad on 28 June, the EFTA Ministers thanked him for his excellent service to the organisation and its members. In the following statement, the Secretary-General looked at EFTA’s recent past, the present and the future.

  • EFTA Ministerial meeting, Gstaad, Switzerland, 28 June 2012   28.06.2012
    Kåre Bryn, Secretary-General, EFTA; Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland; Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein; Johann Schneider-Ammann (Chair), Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs of Switzerland; and Trond Giske, Minister of Trade and Industry of Norway

    On 28 June 2012, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in Gstaad, Switzerland under the Chairmanship of Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs of Switzerland. Ministers of the four EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) signed a joint declaration on cooperation with Georgia, represented by Ms Vera Kobalia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development.

  • EFTA and Georgia plan to sign a joint declaration on cooperation in Gstaad on 28 June   22.06.2012

    On 21 June, the EFTA Council in Geneva prepared for the summer EFTA Ministerial meeting that will take place in Gstaad on 28 June. The Ministers plan to sign a joint declaration on cooperation with Georgia. The Council decided to liberalise intra-EFTA trade in agricultural products and reviewed ongoing free trade negotiations, including a recent round with Central American countries.