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EFTA Council prepares for the summer Ministerial meeting
The EFTA summer Ministerial meeting that will take in Iceland was prominent on the agenda of the EFTA Council which met for the third time this year on 8 May. The Council also reviewed ongoing free trade relations with several countries outside the European Union.
EFTA Council Chair outlines priorities for first half of 2014
Iceland, holding the rotating Council Chair for the first six months of the year, presented its priorities at the first EFTA Council meeting of 2014 on 11 February. EFTA has an ambitious agenda in free trade negotiations and the Council discussed the latest negotiating round with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The EFTA-Eurostat Technical Cooperation Programme for 2014 was adopted at the meeting.
EFTA Council discusses TTIP and Bali results
On 11 December, the EFTA Council met for the last time in 2013. The members discussed inter alia, the TTIP process, EFTA’s negotiations with India and approved the budget for 2014.
EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 November 2013
On 18 November 2013, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its biannual Ministerial Meeting in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein. The EFTA Ministers met with the Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy of the Philippines, Mr Adrian S. Cristobal Jr, to discuss options for developing closer trade relations between the two sides.
EFTA Secretariat renews Administrative Arrangement with Eurostat on Technical Cooperation in Statistics
The triennial administrative arrangement which has governed technical cooperation between the EFTA Secretariat and the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) since 2005 has just been renewed for the period 2014 to 2016.
Tourism statistics released for EU and EFTA countries
A recent Eurostat report shows that the average expenditure per trip was highest for visitors to Iceland (EUR 1 217 per trip in 2010), followed by Norway (EUR 638 per trip in 2007) and Spain (EUR 529 per trip in 2008).
EFTA Ministers to meet in Geneva on 18 November 2013
On 6 November, the EFTA Council discussed preparations for the meeting of EFTA Ministers that will take place in Geneva on 18 November under the chairmanship of Liechtenstein.
The EFTA Council discusses the upcoming EFTA Ministerial meeting and free trade negotiations
The EFTA Council met in Geneva on 22 October under the chairmanship of Ambassador Norbert Frick of Liechtenstein, which holds the rotating EFTA chair during the second half of this year. The Council discussed the Ministerial meeting in November and reviewed ongoing free trade negotiations.
EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy meet in Luxembourg
The annual meeting of EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy (the “EFTA ECOFIN”) took place on 15 October 2013 in Luxembourg. The main topic for discussion was cooperation in the field of financial services and economic dynamics in Europe.
Norwegian Ambassador presents credentials to Secretary-General
Ambassador Harald Neple met with Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason on 23 September in Geneva to present his credentials as Norway‘s representative to EFTA.