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EEA EFTA Separation Agreement with the UK reached

The EEA EFTA States – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – and the United Kingdom have reached an agreement on protecting citizens’ rights and resolving separation issues as the UK exits the EU. This agreement largely mirrors the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the EU in areas relevant under the EEA Agreement.

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.

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 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 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.

Seminar on the European Economic Area - Brussels 14 February 2019