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EFTA organisations in Brussels set to move to a new building in 2020

The EFTA Secretariat, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) and the Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) signed today an agreement with the Belgian Real Estate developer Cofinimmo which will allow the three organisations to move jointly into a new building in the European quarter in Brussels in autumn 2020. The signing today will allow for additional synergies and improved quality of services of the three organisations that have until now occupied different buildings in Brussels.

Launch of web tool on how EU law becomes EEA law

On 31 January, the EFTA Secretariat launched the interactive web tool on how EU law becomes EEA law, which provides a visual presentation of the legislative process behind the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).

EEA EFTA Separation Agreement with the UK reached

The EEA EFTA States – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – and the United Kingdom have reached an agreement on protecting citizens’ rights and resolving separation issues as the UK exits the EU. This agreement largely mirrors the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the EU in areas relevant under the EEA Agreement.

Minister Schneider-Ammann: EFTA remains a solid anchor of our foreign trade policies

Johann Schneider-Ammann has been a Federal Councillor and Minister of Economic Affairs in Switzerland since 2010. In September this year, he announced his retirement and will leave his position at the end of the year. Mr Schneider-Ammann spoke to the EFTA Newsletter about his time as a minister and the accomplishments made during his time being part of the EFTA family.

Seminar on the European Economic Area - Brussels 14 February 2019