EEA EFTA Separation Agreement with the UK reached
Minister Schneider-Ammann: EFTA remains a solid anchor of our foreign trade policies
Johann Schneider-Ammann has been a Federal Councillor and Minister of Economic Affairs in Switzerland since 2010. In September this year, he announced his retirement and will leave his position at the end of the year. Mr Schneider-Ammann spoke to the EFTA Newsletter about his time as a minister and the accomplishments made during his time being part of the EFTA family.
EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee discusses Brexit, artificial intelligence and European Labour Authority
The EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee (EEA JPC) convened in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 12 and 13 December 2018. High on the agenda were discussions on Brexit and the EEA, artificial intelligence, the European Pillar of Social Rights and the European Labour Authority.
EFTA States and Indonesia sign Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
On 16 December 2018, Ministers and other representatives from the EFTA States and from Indonesia signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in Jakarta, Indonesia. The agreement will strengthen the economic ties and promote trade and investment between the two sides.
EFTA Council adopts the budget for 2019
On 11 December, the ninth and last Council meeting of the year under the Swiss chairmanship took place in Geneva. Liechtenstein will take over the rotating EFTA Chair in the first half of 2019.
EEA EFTA Forum adopts opinions on 'Whistleblower protection' and participation in EU programmes 2021-2027
On 6 and 7 of December 2018, the EEA EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities convened in Brussels for its 18th meeting. The Forum adopted two opinions: one on the European Commission’s proposal on Whistleblower Protection, and one on the participation of municipalities and regions of the EFTA States in the EU programmes for 2021-2027.
EEA Joint Committee incorporates Directive on Anti-Money Laundering
The Standing Committee of the EFTA States and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 4 and 5 December respectively. At the Joint Committee meeting, 39 decisions (JCDs) were adopted incorporating 59 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement, including acts long outstanding such as the Omnibus II Directive and the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.
EFTA and Mercosur make further progress during the sixth round of free trade negotiations
Delegations from the EFTA and Mercosur States convened for their sixth round of free trade negotiations in Geneva on 26-30 November 2018.
EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, 23 November 2018
On 23 November 2018, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its biannual Ministerial Meeting in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
EFTA and Indonesia conclude trade negotiations
Ministers from Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and from Indonesia, signed a Joint Statement on 23 November 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Joint Statement marks the conclusion of the negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the two sides. The Parties aim at signing the CEPA before the end of the year.
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