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Norway participated in the fifth round of negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) 16–20 March in Geneva. The focus of the round was still on nominating environmentally friendly goods to be liberalized in the agreement.

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From the 17th to 19th of March the EIF Global Platform gathered representatives from Least Developed Countries (LDCs), donors and international organizations in order to discuss the way forward for the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF).

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At the Environmental Goods Agreement’s (EGA) Outreach Session on Thursday the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) presented their paper on goods that are both environmentally friendly and serve basic human needs in developing countries.

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During a High-Level meeting regarding the operationalization of the services waiver, Norway announced preferences for Least-Developed Countries (LDCs) equivalent to its most liberal free trade agreement

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From left: Mr Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Iceland; Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann (Chair), Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Switzerland; Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liechtenstein; Ms Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and Industry, Norway; and Mr Kristinn F. Árnason, Secretary-General, EFTA. 
Photo: EFTA Secretariat.

EFTA held its Ministerial Meeting on 17 November in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland. The Norwegian delegation was headed by Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Monica Mæland.

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During the 12th Trade Policy Review (TPR) of Japan held on March 9-11 2015, Norway addressed concerns of Norwegian businesses operating in and trading with Japan.

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Norway presents EGA product nominations. 
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The week of 26–30 January saw Norway participate in the fourth round of negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). The focus of the round was still on nominating environmentally friendly goods to be liberalized in the agreement.

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The Norwegian Ambassador to the WTO, Mr. Harald Neple, signed an agreement with the ITC, granting NOK 40 Million (app. USD 6 Million) to ITC’s work in 2014 and 2015.

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The Norwegian diplomat Dag Wernø Holter was appointed as new Deputy Secretary General of EFTA in Brussels at the Council meeting in Geneva 6 November. Wernø Holter will assume office on 15 January 2015.

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