First EFTA Council meeting of 2022

Published 01-02-2022
Clockwise, from top left: Harald Aspelund, Ambassador of Iceland, Henri Gétaz, Secretary-General, Didier Chambovey, Ambassador of Switzerland, Hege Marie Hoff, Deputy Secretary-General, Andri Lúthersson, Deputy Secretary-General, Kurt Jaeger, Ambassador of Liechtenstein, Frank Buechel, Deputy Secretary-General.

On 1 February, delegates met for the first EFTA Council meeting of 2022 via videoconference.

During the meeting, delegates took stock of a number of yearly activity reports, including on the Committees under the EFTA Council and the amendments to the EFTA Convention in 2021. The Council also took note of the activities of the EFTA Statistical Office (ESO) in 2021, and approved the activities under their cooperation programme with Eurostat for 2022.

The Council discussed the following horizontal issues in third-country relations: the work on a trade and sustainable development monitoring mechanism, the utilisation rates project, and the upcoming transparency measures towards the public and the EFTA advisory bodies. The Council discussed the latest developments in the processes with Chile, Malaysia and Moldova.

Delegates are regularly informed on the activity regarding the cooperation of the EEA EFTA States with the European Union. The Council was updated on the priorities of the Liechtenstein Chair of the Standing Committee for the first half of 2022, as well as on the activities of the upcoming Standing and Joint Committee meetings.

The next Council meeting is scheduled to take place on 22 March 2022.

Priorities of the Icelandic Chair of the EFTA Council.

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