On 15 June, the EFTA Council met partly in the Geneva offices and remotely and was chaired by Norway.
On EFTA–EU cooperation, the EFTA Secretariat informed the Council about the latest developments in Brussels including some good news regarding the COVID-19 situation, with vaccination progressing well across the EEA. The EEA Council on 28 May addressed strategic autonomy in addition to the usual discussion on the assessment of the functioning of the EEA. The EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee is set to meet in Reykjavik in August 2021, to discuss the EEA Agreement and the EEA EFTA States participation in EU programmes.
The EFTA Council exchanged views on the latest developments in trade relations with Chile, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and Malaysia.
Delegates exchanged information on the EFTA Ministerial meeting held on 31 May and discussed a possible upcoming informal meeting between EFTA Ministers. The next Council meeting is scheduled to take place on 6 July 2021 under the Icelandic Chairmanship which will be in place until 30 June 2022.
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 public journal.
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