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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).
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 Ministerial adds Ecuador to its free trade network of 39 partners
On 25 June 2018, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in Sauðárkrókur, Iceland.
EFTA and Serbia hold third Joint and Sub-Committee meetings
The third meeting of the Joint Committee established under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EFTA States and Serbia took place on 19 June 2018 in Geneva.
Incorporation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into the EEA Agreement and continued application of Directive 95/46/EC
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 entered into force in the EU on 25 May 2018.
EFTA Council meets in Geneva
Ongoing free trade negotiations and preparations for the upcoming Ministerial meeting were high on the agenda of the third meeting of the EFTA Council in 2018 in Geneva today.
EFTA Council adopts Chairmanship 2019-2022
The EFTA Council met for the second time under Icelandic Chairmanship in 2018 in Geneva.
EFTA ambassadors and social partners discuss data protection and Brexit
On 12 March 2018, the Standing Committee of the EFTA States and the EFTA Consultative Committee (EFTA CC) met in Norway House, Brussels. This annual meeting is an opportunity for a briefing on developments over the last year, and for the forum to discuss current EEA issues, Swiss-EU relations and future perspectives with the EFTA ambassadors.
Iceland's Foreign Minister: EFTA countries are champions of free trade
Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson has been Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs since January 2017; first in the government of Bjarni Benediktsson and since 30 November in the government of Katrín Jakobsdóttir, formed by the Independence Party, the Left Green Movement and the Progressive Party. Previous to that he was Minister of Health and Social Security 2007 to 2009. He has been a member of Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, since 2003, and is a former chair of the EFTA Parliamentary Committee. Gudlaugur Thór will chair EFTA’s next Ministerial meeting, in Sauðárkrókur, Iceland, on 25 June. He spoke to the EFTA Newsletter.
EFTA-UK Trade in 2017
Last year the EFTA Secretariat published a note on trade between EFTA and the United Kingdom, highlighting the importance of the trade relationship for all EFTA States and for the UK.