Delegations from the EFTA States and MERCOSUR met on 17 February in Brussels to prepare for the upcoming negotiations of a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement
Norway, holding the rotating EFTA Council Chair for the first six months of the year, presented its priorities at the Council’s first meeting of 2017 on 8 February.
On 7 February 2017, 150 participants from both the public and private sectors met at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels for an introductory seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA).
The EFTA Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee held their first meetings of 2017 in Brussels on 2 and 3 February respectively. The Standing Committee, chaired this semester by Norway, heard reports from the delegations on recent high-level meetings.
On 25 January, the EFTA Consultative Committee met with EFTA Ambassadors to the European Union to discuss major developments with regard to the EEA Agreement, the status of Swiss-EU bilateral agreements and the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU.
Delegations from the EFTA States and Mexico met from 16 to 20 January in Lugano, Switzerland, for a third round of negotiations on a comprehensive review of the EFTA-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
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.