EFTA Ministers to meet in the Westman Islands on 23 June 2014

Published 12-06-2014
At its meeting in Geneva on 12 June, the EFTA Council prepared for the summer EFTA Ministerial meeting that will take place on 23 June in the Westman Islands, Iceland. The Council also took stock of ongoing issues relating to EFTA’s free trade relations.

At their meeting on 23 June, Ministers are expected to review EFTA’s third-country activities and to discuss relations with the European Union. During the meeting, Ministers from the EFTA States and the Philippines are set to sign a joint declaration on cooperation (JDC).

Third-country processes that were discussed at the Council meeting included the second trade policy dialogue with the US, held with the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and other interlocutors in Washington DC on 4 and 5 June.  The Council also reviewed the latest round of free trade negotiations with Vietnam which took place from 3 to 6 June in Geneva. The next round is scheduled at the end of August.

The next Council meeting will take place on 7 July 2014 under the chairmanship of Switzerland, which will chair the EFTA Council during the second half of 2014.

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