Liechtenstein Chair outlines EFTA Council priorities for second half of 2017

Published 13-07-2017
The meeting was chaired by Liechtenstein Ambassador Peter Matt (center of the picture)
Liechtenstein, holding the rotating EFTA Council Chair for the next six months, presented its priorities at the Council meeting on 13 July.

With regard to relations among the EFTA countries, the Chair put emphasis on updating the EFTA Convention in light of the evolving needs of the Member States, and on developing a common basis for future free trade negotiations, inter alia by formulating new approaches regarding trade in services and investment based on the latest developments in international trade policy.

Concerning third country relations, priorities for this semester include continuing ongoing free trade negotiations with India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Ecuador. The management and development of existing free trade agreements with Mexico, Chile, the Southern African Customs Union, Turkey and Canada.

Special emphasis will be given to relations with the United Kingdom and to the exchange of information on Brexit . An expanded legal analysis on the differences between the EFTA Convention, the EEA Agreement and the Swiss bilateral agreement with the EU will be undertaken.

The finalisation of a Joint Declaration of Cooperation with the East African Community, a trade policy dialogue with the United States of America, as well as discussions with Nigeria on a Joint Declaration on Cooperation are additional priorities of the Liechtenstein chairmanship.

Priorities during the Liechtenstein EFTA Council Chair – second half of 2017

DG CLIMATE ACTION (CLIMA)
Ragnhild Børke Norway Governance and Effort Sharing +32 2 295 8759
DG COMMUNICATION NETWORKS, CONTENT & TECHNOLOGIES (CNECT)
Anders Gjøen Norway ICT for Government and Public Services +32 2 298 1292
Thomas Nortvedt Norway Digital Policy Development and Coordination +32 2 298 5666
VACANT  Norway Cloud and software  
Jesper Bæverfjord  Norway Learning, Multilingualism and Accessibility +352 4301 35481
Sigbjørn Sandberg Norway MEDIA programme and media literacy - MEDIA +32 2 296 1538
Åse Marit Meyer Norway Audiovisual Industry and Media Support Programmes +32 2 298 3209
DG EDUCATION & CULTURE (EAC)
Ingveig Koht Astad Norway Culture: Creative Europe Programme +32 2 296 4808
Sumathi Subramaniam  Norway Higher Education, Erasmus: Transparency Tools and Programme Impact +32 2 296 5209
Geir Ottestad Norway Erasmus +: Studies, impact assessments, analysis and statistics  +32 2 295 7593
Oyvind Bjerkestrand  Norway Erasmus +:  Schools and Educators; multilingualism +32 2 296 5173
Bodil Agasøster Norway International cooperation in education  +32 2 298 0564
Anita Tøien Johansen Norway Erasmus +; Youth in Action +32 2 298 3039
Harpa Sif Arnarsdottir  Iceland Higher Education; "Erasmus" +32 2 296 5415
DG EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL AFFAIRS & INCLUSION (EMPL)
Marinella Van Welsenes Norway Mobility & Employment Services, EURES  +32 2 296 5229
Bent-Ole Grooss  Norway Social investment strategy +32 2 295 5176
Siri Stangeland Norway Working conditions +32 2 298 9352
Sigve Soldal Bjorstad Norway Vocational training and adult learing +32 2 295 4563
DG ENERGY (ENER)
VACANT Norway Energy Efficiency  
Olav Sem Berg* Norway Retail Markets; coal & oil +32 2 298 5303
Henriette Nesheim* Norway Networks and Regional initiatives +32 2 295 44 37
Kristin Thorvaldsen* Norway Energy Policy Coordination +32 2 295 46 39
DG EUROSTAT (ESTAT)
Kurt Wass (to start 16 March 2018) Norway Transport  
Ole Villund Norway Crime Statistics +352 4301 38550
Håvard Lien Norway Labour market +352 4301 35226
Salah Eddine Ziade Norway Structureal Business Statistics: Quality assurance and Financial Annexes +352 4301 37397
Simen Saeterdal* (to start 16 March 2018) EFTA/Norway Statistical cooperation - EU Enlargement
Paul Camenzind* Switzerland Income and Living Conditions: Quality of Life +352 4301 33221
Steinn Kári Steinsson * EFTA/Norway Statistical Cooperation - European Neighbourhood Policy +352 4301 33067
Fritz Gebhard* Switzerland Environmental Statistics; sustainable development +352 430 134 864
DG HEALTH & FOOD SAFETY (SANTE)
Valgerður Gunnarsdottir Iceland Health Determinants and inequality +352 430 130 689
VACANT* Norway Food information and composition, food waste  
Jostein Dragset* Norway Animal Health and Welfare +32 2 299 5462
Sevala Malkic* Norway  E-Health and Health Technology Assessment  +32 2 296 6748
Halvard Kvamsdal Norway Bilateral International Relations (Antimicrobial Restistance)  +32 2 295 1418
DG HUMANITARIAN AID & CIVIL PROTECTION (ECHO)
Camilla ELSETH  Norway Civil Protection - Emergency Response +32 2 296 94 58
DG INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP & SMEs (GROW)
 Martin Blom* Norway Defence, Aeronautic and Maritime Industries +32 2 299 2569
Karl Ivar Jahr* Norway Galileo and Egnos - Applications, Security, International Cooperation  +32 2 299 2328
Kjell Arne Aarmo* Norway Galileo and EFNOS - Service Provision and Exploitation +32 2 298 9394
Ola Nordbeck* Norway Copernicus Infrastructure +32 2 298 5307
DG JUSTICE & CONSUMERS (JUST)
Joachim Nilsen* Norway Consumer and Marketing Law  +32 2 295 9883
dg migration & home affairs (home)
Ann Kristin Hahnsson* Norway Asylum +32 2 299 60 46
DG MOBILITY & TRANSPORT (MOVE)
Astrid Nordahl* Norway Aviation Policy  +32 2 297 5575
DG NEIGHBOURHOOD & ENLARGEMENT NEGOTIATIONS (NEAR)
Stine Andresen* Norway Western Balkans Investment Framework +32 2 295 5523
DG REGIONAL & URBAN POLICY (REGIO)
Odd Godal* Norway Competence Centre Macro-regions and Territorial Cooperation; Baltic Sea Strategy +32 2 296 44 37
Astrid Solhaug* Norway Administrative Capacity Building, European Solidarity Fund and EEA/Norway Grants +32 2 299 38 62
DG RESEARCH & INNOVATION (RTD)
Erik Yssen Norway Horizon 2020 - Policy and Foresight +32 2 299 58 64
Tobias Strom Norway Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities +32 2 298 95 47

EEA Introductory Seminar

This introductory seminar is intended to provide professionals, both inside and outside the European Union, with a thorough understanding of the Agreement on the European Economic Area and how it integrates Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway into the EU’s Internal Market.