On 19 January, Ministers and other representatives of the Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and MERCOSUR met in Davos to sign a Joint Statement announcing the conclusion of the exploratory dialogue regarding a possible comprehensive free trade agreement between the two sides .
On 12 January 2017, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on a European Commission proposal to lower the wholesale caps on international roaming.
During their 15th round of negotiations, held from 11 to 13 January in New Delhi, delegations from the EFTA States and India continued talks towards a comprehensive free trade agreement.
On 6 January 2017, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment in response to the public consultation on the fitness of EU legislation for maritime transport safety and efficiency.
On 21 December 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on two European Commission proposals aimed at creating harmonised rules to increase consumer trust in the Digital Single Market by providing a high level of consumer protection.
On 21 December, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint Comment on the evaluation of the market surveillance provisions of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 and on actions to enhance enforcement and compliance in the Single Market for goods.
On 14-15 December the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee (EEA JPC) convened in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss several current topics related to the EU and the EEA, including economic and political challenges to the future of the Single Market, security cooperation and EU’s climate policy.
On 13 December, during its final meeting of 2016, the EFTA Council approved the budget for 2017 and reviewed the recent winter Ministerial meeting, where the possible consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union were high on the agenda.
The Working Group on Gender Equality, Anti-Discrimination and Family Policy (GEADFP) and the EFTA Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Committee) met with experts from the European Commission in Brussels on 7 December to discuss the European Accessibility Act (EAA). The meeting was also attended by experts from ministries in the EEA EFTA States via videolink.
Delegations from the EFTA States and Colombia convened on 2 December 2016 in Geneva for the second Joint Committee meeting under the EFTA-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).