First EFTA Council meeting of 2020

Published 05-02-2020
The EFTA Council is currently chaired by Ambassador Didier Chambovey.
On 4 February, the first Council meeting of 2020 took place in Geneva. It is Switzerland’s turn to chair the EFTA Council and it has set the priorities for the first six months of the year. These are to evaluate the possibilities to establish greater transparency and to consolidate the work around a new EFTA approach to e-commerce.

The Council also wishes to foster close and regular dialogue and consultation with the EFTA Advisory Bodies. The full list of priorities can be found here.

During the meeting, the Council approved a number of technical and statistical cooperation projects. Furthermore, delegates discussed the recent trade negotiation round with the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the upcoming meeting with Canada.  They also considered the celebrations of the 60 year anniversary of EFTA.

The EFTA Council is the highest governing body of EFTA. The Council usually meets eight times a year at ambassadorial level (Heads of Permanent Delegations to EFTA) and twice a year at ministerial level. In the Council meetings, the delegations consult with one another, negotiate and decide upon policy issues regarding EFTA. Each Member State is represented and decisions are reached through consensus. Conclusions from the EFTA Council are publicly available on the EFTA Register.



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