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Guatemala set to join EFTA-Central America Free Trade Agreement
At its meeting on 6 November 2014, the EFTA Council welcomed the outcome of the concluding round of negotiations between EFTA and Guatemala, paving the way for Guatemala’s accession to the EFTA-Central America Free Trade Agreement. An event to mark the conclusion of these negotiations will take place during the EFTA Ministerial meeting in Geneva on 17 November.
EEA EFTA and EU Ministers reach agreement on European Supervisory Authorities
On 14 October 2014, Finance Ministers from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the European Union announced that a solution had been found on the incorporation of the EU Regulations establishing the European Supervisory Authorities into the EEA Agreement. Joint conclusions were adopted at the annual meeting between EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy (the “EFTA ECOFIN”) in Luxembourg.
EFTA Council prepares for the autumn Ministerial meeting
The EFTA autumn Ministerial meeting that will take place in Switzerland was prominent on the agenda of the EFTA Council which met for the sixth time this year on 2 October 2014.
EFTA welcomes Norwegian Minister to Geneva Headquarters
On 16 September 2014, Ms Sylvi Listhaug, Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food, visited the EFTA Secretariat in Geneva. Minister Listhaug had a meeting with Secretary-General Kristinn Árnason and also met with free trade experts to discuss recent developments.
Liechtenstein Ambassador presents credentials to Secretary-General
Ambassador Peter Matt met with Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason on 8 September 2014 in Geneva to present his credentials as Liechtenstein‘s representative to EFTA.
Martin Zbinden, new Deputy Secretary-General in Geneva
On 1 September 2014, Mr Martin Zbinden of Switzerland takes up the post of Deputy Secretary-General at EFTA’s Geneva office. Mr Zbinden will head the Association’s Trade Relations Division which supports the four Member States in the negotiation and management of their free trade agreements with countries outside the European Union.
Switzerland takes over chair of the EFTA Council
The EFTA Council met in Geneva on 7 July 2014. Switzerland, 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 the Westman Islands, Iceland held on 23 June 2014.
EFTA Ministerial meeting, Westman Islands, Iceland, 23 June 2014
On 23 June 2014, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in the Westman Islands, Iceland. The meeting was chaired by Mr Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland. Ministers of the four EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) signed a joint declaration on cooperation with the Philippines, represented by Mr Gregory L. Domingo, Secretary of Trade and Industry.
EFTA Ministers to meet in the Westman Islands on 23 June 2014
At its meeting in Geneva on 12 June, the EFTA Council prepared for the summer EFTA Ministerial meeting that will take place on 23 June in the Westman Islands, Iceland. The Council also took stock of ongoing issues relating to EFTA’s free trade relations.
Keynote speech on Swiss-EU relations by Swiss State Secretary Ineichen-Fleisch
On 3 June 2014, Ms Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, State Secretary and Director of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland, gave a keynote speech at a breakfast meeting hosted by the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels.