EEA EFTA Forum adopts opinions on 'Whistleblower protection' and participation in EU programmes 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.
EFTA and Kosovo sign Joint Declaration on Cooperation
Ministers from the Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and from Kosovo, signed a Joint Declaration on Cooperation (JDC) on 23 November 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. Through the JDC, both sides commit to further strengthening their economic relations. The JDC establishes a Joint EFTA-Kosovo Committee, thereby providing the Parties with a forum for discussing ways and means to enhance economic exchange and cooperation between the two sides.
EFTA Consultative Committee discusses EEA affairs and trade relations with Ministers
On 20 and to 23 November 2018, the EFTA Consultative Committee (EFTA CC), which brings together representatives of employers’ associations and trade unions in the four EFTA countries, met in Brussels and Geneva.
EFTA States and Israel sign revised bilateral agricultural agreements
Ministers from Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Norway and Switzerland – and from Israel, signed revised bilateral agricultural agreements on 22 November 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. Through the signing, both sides commit to further strengthening their trade relations in the field of agriculture.
EFTA-Israel Joint Committee adopts two decisions
The ninth meeting of the Joint Committee established under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EFTA States and Israel took place on 21 November 2018 in Geneva. Ambassador Markus Schlagenhof, Head of World Trade at Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, acted as the EFTA Spokesperson, while the Israeli delegation was led by Mr Daniel Kolbar, Director of Bilateral Trade Agreements at Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry.
EFTA Parliamentary Committee meets with EEA EFTA Ministers and Chief Brexit Negotiator of the EU
On 20 November, the EEA EFTA Ministers, the Committee of Members of Parliament of the EFTA States (MPS) and the EFTA Consultative Committee (EFTA CC) met at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels. This annual meeting takes place in connection with the EEA Council and provides an opportunity for the two advisory bodies to discuss current EEA issues with the Ministers. MPS also met separately with the chief Brexit Negotiator of the EU, Mr Michel Barnier.
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