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EFTA Council discusses Ministerial meeting and relations with non-EU partner countries
On 17 May the EFTA Council met for the fourth time in 2010 under the chairmanship of Iceland. Discussions took place on preparations for the Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik in June as well as on relations with EFTA partner countries outside the EU, including Ukraine, Mexico and Vietnam.
Anniversary celebrations in Geneva
The entry into force of the EFTA Convention fifty years ago was celebrated at an anniversary event in Geneva on 3 May, which included greetings from John Clarke, chargé d'affaires at the Mission of the European Union, Bozkurt Aran, Ambassador of Turkey, and Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Secretary of State of the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Iceland currently holds the chairmanship of EFTA.
EFTA Council discusses Ministerial meeting and relations with non-EU countries
On 16 April the EFTA Council met for its third meeting of 2010, under the Icelandic chairmanship. The agenda included a review of relations with non-EU countries and a review of preparations for the upcoming Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik on June 24.
EFTA Council discussed free trade negotiations with Ukraine and plans for summer Ministerial meeting
On 15 March the EFTA Council met for its second meeting of 2010, chaired by Iceland. The agenda included a review of ongoing free trade negotiations with Ukraine, EFTA's anniversary celebrations in May and preparations for the Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik in June.
Standing and Joint Committee meetings - 28 and 29 January 2010
The EFTA Standing Committee and EEA Joint Committee met on 28 and 29 January respectively for their first meetings of the year.
EFTA Autumn Ministerial Meeting 2009
EFTA Ministers reviewed the state and the perspectives of free trade relations with partner countries worldwide.
EFTA 1960-2010 – Partners in Progress
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2010 and the 15th Anniversary of the EEA Agreement in 2009.
EFTA Ministerial Meeting in Hamar
The EFTA Ministers signed a Free Trade Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). They welcomed the ratification of the Free Trade Agreement with Canada and the recent signing of a Joint Declaration on Cooperation with Mauritius. Ministers welcomed the start of negotiations with Ukraine, Serbia and Albania. Ministers noted the recent steps taken to prepare for negotiations of an FTA between the EFTA States and Russia, and agreed to assess the feasibility of launching such negotiations in the second half of 2009. They decided to open free trade negotiations with Hong Kong and to examine, jointly with Vietnam, the feasibility of a free trade agreement. The EEA EFTA Ministers welcomed the inclusion of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the Services Directive into the Agreement. They complimented the successful round-up of commitments under the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2004-2009, and underlined the importance of finalising the ongoing negotiations on the future financial contributions as soon as possible.
EFTA Ministerial Meeting in Geneva
EFTA Ministers were joined by Mr Luis Guillermo Plata, Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Colombia, for the signing of the EFTA-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The EFTA Ministers welcomed the commencement of negotiations with India and look forward to the settling of the last outstanding issues in the negotiations with Peru. They endorsed the EFTA-Russia Joint Study Group Report and expressed their wish to start preparations for the opening of free trade negotiations in 2009. Ministers further expressed their readiness to launch negotiations with Albania, Serbia and Ukraine.
Communiqué from the EFTA Ministerial Meeting in Geneva on 3 December 2007
EFTA Ministers welcomed the Joint Study between India and EFTA which could lead to future negotiations on a free trade agreement. Furthermore, the Ministers expressed satisfaction with the good progress in the free trade negotiations with the countries of the Gulf cooperation Council (GCC), Colombia and Peru and looked forward to a successful conclusion of those negotiations. Ministers also welcomed the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement with Egypt on 1 August 2007 and the forthcoming entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement with the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).