The 56th Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association has been published. The report contains an overview of the functions and activities of EFTA throughout 2016 in the areas of managing the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement), EFTA’s worldwide network of free trade agreements (FTAs) and the EFTA Convention.
The biannual introductory seminar on the EEA will take place on Tuesday 12 September 2017 at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels.
From 4 to 6 April 2017, delegations from the EFTA States and Turkey met in Ankara for the fourth round of negotiations on the modernisation and expansion of their existing free trade agreement (FTA).
Key trade figures for 2016 are now available in the EFTA Trade Statistics tool. It gives an insight into trade relations with EFTA's third-country trading partners over time and by type of merchandise.
From 28 to 31 March 2017, delegations from the EFTA States and Indonesia continued their negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Delegations from the EFTA States and Ukraine convened on 27 March 2017 in Geneva for the second Joint Committee meeting under the EFTA-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
On 27 March, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on a European Commission proposal to re-establish the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).
On 22 March, the EFTA Parliamentary Committee held a full day of meetings to discuss current trade issues with, among others, the European Commissioner for Trade, Ms Cecilia Malmström.
On 21 March, at the second EFTA Council meeting in 2017 under the chairmanship of Norway, the Council discussed preparations for the upcoming EFTA Ministerial meeting in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard on 26 June 2017.
The Standing Committee of the EFTA States and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 16 and 17 March 2017 respectively. In the Joint Committee meeting, 22 decisions were adopted incorporating 69 legal acts into the EEA Agreement.