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EFTA Consultative Committee submits recommendations on trade and sustainable development

On 14 and 15 October 2019, the EFTA Consultative Committee (EFTA CC) convened in Brussels for its 215th meeting. The main point on the agenda was to adopt common positions on proposed amendments to the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapter in EFTA free trade agreements. This was introduced at the EFTA Ministerial in Malbun, Liechtenstein, in June 2019. The adopted positions are sent to the EFTA Council, which is the highest governing body of EFTA. The proposals will be discussed at the meeting between the EFTA advisory bodies and the Ministerial Chair of the EFTA Council on 20 November in Brussels.

EFTA Parliamentarians on working visit in Brussels

On 9 October, Smári McCarthy (Althingi, the Icelandic Parliament), Chair of the EFTA Parliamentary Committee (EFTA PC), along with the heads of national parliamentary delegations from Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, attended several meetings with prominent Members of the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels. They used this opportunity to introduce themselves to Mr Andreas Schwab, the new Chair of the EP Delegation responsible for relations with EFTA countries and the EEA Agreement (D-EEA Delegation).

First round of trade negotiations on modernisation of FTA between EFTA and Chile

From 25 to 27 September 2019, the EFTA States and Chile met in Santiago de Chile for the first round of negotiations on the modernisation and expansion of their existing free trade agreement (FTA). Mr Erik Andreas Underland, Specialist Director at the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries acted as the EFTA spokesperson, while Mr Felipe Lopeandia, General Director of Bilateral Economic Affairs at the Chilean Undersecretariat of International Economic Affairs headed Chile’s delegation.

EFTA and Peru hold second Joint Committee meeting

The Joint Committee established under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EFTA States and Peru convened for its second meeting on 20 September 2019 in Lima. This meeting was preceded by a meeting of the Subcommittee on Trade in Goods, Rules of Origin and Customs Matters.

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.

Legal Notes on the EEA Agreement