Seventh meeting of the EFTA Council in 2017

Published 21-09-2017
Secretary-General Mr Kristinn F. Árnason and Director of the Secretary-General’s Office, Mr Adalsteinn Leifsson, conducted the seventh meeting of the EFTA Council. The meeting was chaired by Liechtenstein Ambassador Mr Peter Matt.
EFTA-EU cooperation and third-country relations were among the topics discussed during the seventh EFTA Council meeting in Geneva on 19 September 2017.
EFTA is currently negotiating free trade agreements with six new partners in Asia and South America. The delegates discussed EFTA-EU cooperation and third country relations. Among those countries are Turkey and the MERCOSUR States. The fifth round of negotiations with Turkey was held in Geneva from 22 to 25 August 2017, and EFTA and MERCOSUR met for their second round of free trade negotiations from 29 August to 1 September 2017 in Geneva.
Preparations for the upcoming Ministerial meeting on 24 November, as well as an exchange of views on public access to documents, were also on the Council’s agenda.
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.
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