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EFTA’s Annual Report for 2015 published
The 55th Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association has been published. The report contains an overview of the functions and activities of EFTA throughout 2015 in the areas of managing the EEA Agreement, EFTA’s worldwide network of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and the EFTA Convention.
EFTA Council discusses preparations for the summer Ministerial meeting
On 18 April, at the second meeting in 2016 under the chairmanship of Switzerland, the EFTA Council discussed preparations for the EFTA Ministerial meeting in Bern on 27 June 2016.
EFTA traineeships open for applications
The EFTA traineeships for 2016 are now open for applications. The duration of the traineeships is from 1 September 2016 until 30 June 2017.
EFTA Council Chair outlines priorities for first half of 2016
On 11 February 2016, the EFTA Council met in Geneva. Switzerland, holding the rotating Council chair for the first half of the year, presented its priorities.
EFTA Council approves budget for 2016
On 7 December, at its last meeting in 2015, the EFTA Council approved the budget for 2016 and reviewed the winter Ministerial meeting held on 23 November in Geneva.
EFTA Parliamentary Committee meet with EFTA Ministers
On 23 November, the EFTA Parliamentary Committee met with the EFTA Ministers in connection with the EFTA Ministerial meeting in Geneva.
EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 23 November 2015
On 23 November 2015, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its biannual Ministerial Meeting in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr Vidar Helgesen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs of Norway. The Ministers met with Ambassador Michael Punke, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, to pursue the trade policy dialogue with the U.S. and to discuss developments in the TTIP negotiations between the U.S. and the European Union.
Visit of the Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
In a meeting with EFTA’s Secretary-General Kristinn F. Arnason on 16 November, Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein discussed the status for on-going negotiations on free trade agreements with third countries, as well as the developments in the financial services sector with relevance to the EEA Agreement.
EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy discuss economic growth
The annual meeting of EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy (the “EFTA ECOFIN”) took place on 10 November 2015 in Brussels. The main topics of discussion were economic growth and structural reforms.
Norway takes over chair of the EFTA Council
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.