New Norwegian Ambassador presents credentials to Secretary-General
New Senior Management at the EFTA Secretariat
On 1 September new Senior Management took over at the EFTA Secretariat, with Henri Gétaz as Secretary-General. Three new Deputy Secretaries-General also took up their duties; Hege Marie Hoff (Brussels), Pascal Schafhauser (Geneva) and Andri Lúthersson (Brussels).
EEA EFTA Comment on explosives precursors
On 10 August 2018, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on the marketing and use of explosives precursors. The Comment was addressed to a broad group of relevant, institutional stakeholders including the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission.
Trade in Goods and Trading Partners of EFTA Member States 2017
The EFTA Statistical Office (ESO) has published an article on the foreign trade relations of the four EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland with its partner countries in the EU and the rest of the world.
The article points to the importance of the EU as the most important trading partner of the EFTA States and underlines the sensitivity of the EFTA States to the planned withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. See the explanatory notes in the bottom for methodological details.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force in the EEA
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 entered into force in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway on 20 July 2018.
First EFTA Council meeting under the Swiss Chairmanship
The EFTA Council met on 10 July for its sixth meeting in 2018, as Switzerland takes over the rotating EFTA Council Chair for the next six months.
EFTA and Mercosur hold fourth round of free trade negotiations
Delegations from the EFTA and MERCOSUR States met for the fourth round of free trade negotiations from 2-6 July 2018 in Geneva.
General Data Protection Regulation incorporated into the EEA Agreement
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was among 69 EU legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement by the EEA Joint Committee in Brussels on 6 July 2018. The regulation will enter into force in all three EEA EFTA States mid-July.