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On 1 July, Norway took over as chair of the EFTA Council for the second half of 2015. The Norwegian priorities for the chairmanship were presented in the EFTA Council on 14 July.

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The new phase of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a programme to increase trade and sustainable development for the least-developed countries, was launched 1 July at the Fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade. Norway was the first member to pledge financial support to the second phase of EIF. The contribution of NOK 150 Million was announced together with an encouragement to other members...

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Mr Harald Neple, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Norway, Geneva, Ms Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Norway, and Mr Jan Farberg, Director General, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Norway. 
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On 22 June 2015, EFTA held its summer Ministerial meeting in Schaan, Liechtenstein. The meeting was chaired by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein. The Norwegian delegation was headed by State Secretary Dilek Ayhan, in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

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From the 15 to 19 June, the seventh round of negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) took place in Geneva. The focus of the round was to build convergence on the final list of goods to be liberalized in the Agreement.

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The sixth round of negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) took place on 4–8 May in Geneva. The round entailed a full review of all the goods nominated for liberalization through the agreement.

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Norway circulated on 29 June, a notification regarding preferential treatment to services and services suppliers of LDCs to the Council for Trade in Services in the WTO.

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To celebrate the WTO’s 20th anniversary and to thank the citizens of Geneva, Norway showcased and served cod and salmon from Norway at the WTO’s Open Day.

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In a meeting of the TRIPS Council on 10 June, Norway supported a request by the group of least-developed countries to extend a transition period and for waivers allowing them to abstain from enforcing patents on pharmaceutical products.

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Norwegian concerns regarding Australia’s high use of anti-dumping measures and continued use of foreign equity caps was expressed under their 7th Trade Policy Review (TPR) held on April 21-23 2015.

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