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  • Norway takes over chair of the EFTA Council   14.07.2015

    The EFTA Council met in Geneva on 14 July 2015. Norway, holding the rotating Council chair for the second half of the year, presented its priorities. The Council also reviewed the results of the Ministerial meeting in Schaan, Liechtenstein, held on 22 June 2015.

  • EFTA Ministerial meeting, Schaan, Liechtenstein, 22 June 2015   22.06.2015

    On 22 June 2015, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in Schaan, Liechtenstein. The meeting was chaired by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein.

  • EFTA Council prepares for Ministerial Meeting in Schaan   09.06.2015
    From left: Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason, Director Aðalsteinn Leifsson, Secretary to the Council and Ambassador Peter Matt of Liechtenstein, Chair of the EFTA Council.

    The upcoming EFTA Ministerial meeting in Schaan, Liechtenstein, on 22 June figured high on the agenda of the meeting of the EFTA Council in Geneva today.

  • Framework partnership agreements on standardisation approved by the EFTA Council   26.03.2015
    Ambassador Peter Matt of Liechtenstein, Chair of the EFTA Council

    At the second meeting under the Liechtenstein Chair on 26 March 2015, the EFTA Council approved framework partnership agreements with the European Association for the Coordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC) and with the European Environmental Citizens’ Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS).

  • Charles Müller (1922-2015)   11.03.2015

    Charles Müller, who served as Assistant Secretary-General (1960 to 1965), Deputy Secretary-General (1965 to 1966) and Secretary-General (1976 to 1981), passed away on 3 March 2015. We remember our former Secretary-General and colleague with gratitude and express our sincere condolences to his family.

  • EFTA traineeships open for applications   18.02.2015

    The EFTA traineeships for 2015 are now open for applications. The duration of the traineeships is from 1 September 2015 until 30 June 2016.

  • EFTA Council Chair outlines priorities for first half of 2015   03.02.2015

    Liechtenstein, holding the rotating Council Chair for the first six months of the year, presented its priorities at the first EFTA Council meeting of 2015 on 3 February.

  • Dag W. Holter, new Deputy Secretary-General in Brussels   15.01.2015
    Dag W. Holter

    On 15 January 2015, Mr Dag Wernø Holter of Norway took up the post of Deputy Secretary-General at EFTA’s Brussels office. He will head the Association's work in relation to the management of the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

  • EFTA approves agreement on deposit of its historical archives   08.12.2014
    Ambassador Remigi Winzap of Switzerland, Chair of the EFTA Council, and Marc Wey, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Mission of Switzerland to EFTA and WTO

    On 8 December, during its final meeting of 2014, the EFTA Council approved the budget for 2015 and an agreement regarding the deposit of EFTA documents over 30 years old at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

  • EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, 17 November 2014   17.11.2014
    Mr Johan N. Schneider-Amman, Federal Councillor, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, chairing the EFTA Ministerial meeting.

    On 17 November 2014, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its biannual Ministerial Meeting in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland.