The EFTA Council prepares for the Ministerial meeting later this autumn

Published 22-09-2020
The Swiss Chair, Didier Chambovey, at the EFTA Council meeting on 22 September 2020 in Geneva.
The EFTA Council met under the Swiss Chair on 22 September 2020 in Geneva. The Council members received an update on EU-EFTA cooperation and took note of the adoption by the European Council of the financial framework for 2021–2027 and the COVID-19 recovery plan. They also took note of the various initiatives to coordinate management of borders and the search for a vaccine.

The Council discussed the status and the way forward concerning EFTA’s third-country relations, exchanging thoughts and perspectives for the midterm, recognising inter alia that the continued presence of COVID-19 caused most meetings to be held through videoconference for the immediate future.

Delegates then focussed on the upcoming Ministerial meeting to be held through videoconference on 27 October 2020 and on the exchange with the EFTA advisory bodies during which crucial issues such as e-commerce, trade and sustainable development and transparency in trade negotiations are expected to be discussed.

The priorities of the Swiss Chair for the second half of 2020.

Further information on the Council Chairmanship can be found on the EFTA website.

The Council Conclusions are available after the Council meetings on the EFTA Register.


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