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EFTA Council adopts the budget for 2020
On 12 December, the ninth and last Council meeting of the year under the Norwegian chairmanship took place in Geneva. Switzerland will take over the rotating EFTA Chair in the first half of 2020.
EFTA Council discusses relations with third countries
On 14 November, the EFTA Council met for the eighth time in 2019. During the meeting under Norwegian chairmanship, the delegates discussed work with regard to trade relations with third countries and among EFTA States.
Annual EFTA ECOFIN meeting focuses on sustainable finance
EFTA and EU Ministers of Finance and Economy discussed the economic, financial and political situation in Europe at their annual EFTA ECOFIN meeting in Brussels on 8 November 2019. This year’s topic concerned sustainable finance as a measure to tackle environmental challenges.
EFTA Council adopts different rotation for chairmanship
On 19 September, the EFTA Council met for the seventh time in 2019, under the Norwegian Chairmanship. During the meeting, the delegates discussed work with regard to third countries and in particular the finalisation of the negotiations with Mercosur.
EFTA's 60th anniversary in 2020: Call for papers
Norway takes on Chairmanship of EFTA Council and presents priorities
The EFTA Council met in Geneva on 11 July under Norwegian Chairmanship.
EFTA Ministerial Meeting, Malbun, 24 June 2019
At EFTA‘s Ministerial meeting in Malbun, on 24 June 2019, the Association‘s trade ministers expressed concerns over an increasingly uncertain global trade environment, both due to the uncertain outcome of the Brexit process and escalating trade tensions between the US and China. The ministers also underlined the importance of appointing new judges to the Appellate Body of the WTO to ensure the multilateral trade system continues to function while WTO reform is pursued, and reaffirmed their commitment to open trade on the basis of a transparent and rules-based international order.
EFTA represented at High-Level Conference on European Standardisation
The Romanian Ministry of Economy, in collaboration with the Romanian National Standards Body ASRO, organized on June 7th, at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, the High-Level Conference on European Standardisation “Standards connect markets – Standards advance and deepen the Single Market”.
EFTA Council meets in Geneva
Today, the EFTA Council met for the third time in 2019 under the Liechtenstein Chairmanship. During the meeting, the delegates discussed work with regard to third countries and in particular the recent negotiation round with Mercosur.
EFTA's Annual Report 2018
The 58th Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association was published before the Easter break. The report contains an overview of the functions and activities of EFTA throughout 2018 in the areas of managing the EEA Agreement, EFTA’s worldwide network of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and the EFTA Convention.