Seminar on how EFTA promotes free trade globally
Working together with our partners in EFTA and the EU to secure growth and prosperity
Marit Berger Røsland became the Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs on 20 October 2017, succeeding Frank Bakke-Jensen. In an interview with EFTA's Information Team, she shared her thoughts on the future development of trade relations, areas of improvement for the Internal Market and challenges regarding Brexit.
EFTA and Moldova sign Joint Declaration on Cooperation
Ministers from the Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and a representative from Moldova signed a Joint Declaration on Cooperation (JDC) on 24 November 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.
EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 24 November 2017
On 24 November 2017, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its biannual Ministerial meeting in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Culture and Education of Liechtenstein.
EEA EFTA Forum adopts opinions on European Data Economy and Erasmus for local and regional representatives
At its 16th meeting on 16 and 17 November, the EEA EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities met in Brussels to discuss ongoing developments in the European Economic Area. It adopted two opinions: on the European data economy and on an Erasmus programme for local and regional representatives.
EFTA and Turkey hold sixth round of negotiations
From 14 to 16 November 2017, delegations from the EFTA States and Turkey met in Ankara for the sixth round of negotiations on the modernisation and expansion of their existing free trade agreement (FTA).
EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee discusses Brexit and Energy Union
On 15 and 16 November the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee (EEA JPC) convened in Strasbourg to discuss several current topics high on the agenda in Europe today. These included Brexit, the Clean Energy package and challenges in the EEA with regard to EU agencies.
EFTA Consultative Committee discusses Europe on the Move and Work-Life Balance
On 14 November 2017, the EFTA Consultative Committee (EFTA CC) met in Brussels to discuss two new proposals from the European Commission: Europe on the Move and the Work-Life Balance initiative. It adopted its work programme for 2018, and held a separate meeting with the EFTA Ministerial Chair, the Liechtenstein Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Ms Aurelia Frick, to discuss free trade issues.
Advisory bodies discuss EEA affairs and Brexit with EEA EFTA Ministers
On 14 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.