The Council discussed the talks between the European Union and the United States on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. A delegation from the EFTA States met with US government and private sector representatives in Washington D.C. on 20 and 21 November. The talks addressed the potential for improving trade and investment relations between EFTA and the US.
The latest round of negotiations with India was held from 25 to 29 November in New Delhi, where further progress was made towards a Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement. Discussions will continue with the aim of finalising the negotiations in the near future.
Council members also reviewed and welcomed the results of the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali from 3 to 7 December.
Finally, the 2014 budget for EFTA of CHF 22.37 million was approved.
This meeting was the last under the Liechtenstein chairmanship as Iceland will take over the rotating EFTA Chair in the first half of 2014. The next Council meeting will take place on 11 February.
EFTA Council meeting 11 December 2013
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