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EFTA Council reviews Ministerial meeting and discusses free trade relations
On 6 December, the EFTA Council held its eleventh meeting of 2010. The Council reviewed the outcome of the recent EFTA Ministerial meeting and discussed free trade relations with countries outside the European Union.
EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, 23 November 2010
On 23 November 2010, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held a Ministerial meeting in Geneva under the chairmanship of Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs of Switzerland. Ministers from the four EFTA Member States were joined by Ms Elvira Nabiullina, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation, Mr Nikolai Snopkov, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus, and Ms Zhanar Aitzhanova, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan, for the official launch of negotiations on a broad-based free trade agreement.
EFTA Council prepares for Ministerial meeting on 23 November
On 16 November the EFTA Council met under the chairmanship of Switzerland, which holds the rotating EFTA Council Chair in the second half of the year. The Council prepared for the Ministerial meeting, which will be held in Geneva on 23 November, and authorised the Secretary-General to sign a new memorandum of understanding between Eurostat and EFTA.
Europe's Finance Ministers meet
The annual meeting of EFTA and EU Finance Ministers took place on 17 November. The two items on the agenda were intelligent fiscal supervision and financial market regulation and supervision. The EFTA ECOFIN meeting was preceded by an internal meeting of the EFTA Ministers.
EFTA Council discusses relations with countries outside the EU
On 20 September the EFTA Council met under the Chairmanship of Switzerland, which holds the rotating EFTA Council Chair in the second half of the year. The Council reviewed relations with a number of countries outside the European Union, including several prospective new free trade partners. The Council approved funding for an EFTA-Serbia export promotion seminar later this year, and approved a number of financing agreements between EFTA and European standardisation organisations.
SwissPost launches EFTA stamp
A special EFTA stamp has been issued by SwissPost to commemorate EFTAs 50th anniversary this year. "The full unifying function of EFTA, with its trading partners, will be revealed though a series of stamps", explained Swiss Post Chairman, Peter Hasler, in a press conference on 2 September.
EFTA Council reviews Ministerial meeting and discusses relations with countries outside the EU
The EFTA Council met on 20 July for the seventh time in 2010 and was chaired by Liechtenstein as Vice-Chair. It commended Iceland on its successful hosting of the Ministerial meeting in June and discussed relations with countries outside the European Union, notably Peru, Indonesia, Hong Kong China and Singapore.
EFTA anniversary stamp published in Liechtenstein
In celebration of EFTA’s 50th anniversary (1960-2010), a stamp has been published in Liechtenstein.
EFTA Ministerial meeting, Reykjavik, 24 June 2010
On 24 June 2010, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, chaired by Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland. Ministers from the four EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) signed a new Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine, represented by Konstyantin Gryshchenko, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
EFTA, Peru and Ukraine plan to sign free trade agreements in Reykjavik
On 5 June the EFTA Council met for the fifth time in 2010 under the chairmanship of Iceland. It prepared for the Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik in June and discussed relations with countries outside the EU, notably with Russia.