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14.02.2020

EFTA and Canada Heads of delegation meet to continue exploratory discussions

Heads of delegations from the EFTA States and Canada met on 13 February 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. They updated each other on recent developments and further discussed a possible modernisation and expansion of their existing Free Trade Agreement. Ambassador Harald Aspelund from Iceland acted as EFTA spokesperson. Mr Louis Marcotte, Director General for Trade in Services, Investment and Intellectual Property, Global Affairs Canada, headed the Canadian delegation.
07.06.2018

EFTA States and Canada continue exploratory discussions

Delegations from the EFTA States and Canada met on 5 to 6 June 2018 in Ottawa, Canada, to further explore a possible modernisation and expansion of their existing free trade agreement. Ambassador Harald Aspelund from Iceland acted as EFTA Spokesperson, and Mr Louis Marcotte, Director General for Trade in Services, Investment and Intellectual Property, Global Affairs Canada, headed the Canadian delegation.
29.04.2016

EFTA – Canada: First Exploratory Round

Delegations from the EFTA States and Canada convened on 26-27 April 2016 in Geneva for a first exploratory round on the possible modernisation and expansion of their existing free trade agreement. Ambassador Martin Eyjólfsson from Iceland acted as EFTA Spokesperson, and Mr Bruce Christie, Director General of the Intellectual Property and Services Trade Bureau, Global Affairs Canada was the Head of the Canadian delegation.
31.10.2014

EFTA and Canada discuss potential expansion of free trade agreement

On 29 and 30 October 2014, delegations from the EFTA States and Canada met in Geneva for their fourth Joint Committee meeting under the EFTA-Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The Parties held constructive discussions on the functioning of the FTA and prospects for its further development.
07.05.2014

EFTA and Canada hold third Joint Committee meeting

On 5-6 May 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland, delegations from the EFTA States and Canada reviewed the functioning of the free trade agreement (FTA) between the two sides and discussed prospects for its further development.
04.05.2009

EFTA-Canada Free Trade Agreement will enter into force on 1 July 2009

On 30 April 2009, Canada completed the ratification of the Free Trade Agreement and the complementary bilateral agreements on agriculture with the EFTA States. Following ratification by Norway (27 June 2008), Iceland (30 June 2008), and Switzerland (24 April 2009), the path is now clear for the Agreement to enter into force on 1 July 2009.
07.06.2007

The EFTA States and Canada conclude free trade negotiations

The Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – comprising of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and Canada announced today that negotiations on an EFTA-Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have been successfully concluded.

Seminar on the European Economic Area - EEA - Brussels 15 September 2020