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The negotiations on the EGA, held in Geneva on 22-26 September 2014, showed good progress towards reaching an agreement to ensure free trade on environmental goods.

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It is important that the negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) be put back on track, underlined Foreign Minister Børge Brende when he met with WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and several WTO ambassadors in Geneva on 30 September.

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Norway's Ambassador to the WTO expressed grave concerns regarding the seeming inability to follow up on the agreements reached at Bali in December 2013. In his statement at the General Council 25 July Ambassador Neple underlined that it is not possible to reopen one of the Bali decisions without unravelling the entire package.

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EFTA held its Ministerial meeting in the Westman Islands, Iceland on 23 June. The meeting was chaired by Mr Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland. The Norwegian delegation was headed by Ms Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and Industry.

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The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body has today finally concluded that the EU regulation on trade in seal products is inconsistent with key provisions of WTO legislation.

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Last night’s failure to reach an agreement is highly regrettable. Everything we achieved in Bali may now unravel, putting multilateral trade negotiations on hold, said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

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We, a group of developed and developing Members strongly supportive of the WTO, are dismayed that today’s General Council meeting did not bring Members any closer to adopting the Protocol relating to the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) by the agreed deadline.

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The EFTA ministerial meeting takes place in the Westman Islands on 23 June.

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WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. 
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The WTOs Trade Negotiations Committee met on Monday 7 April 2014. The meeting was convened to discuss the progress concerning the drawing up of a work-program, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

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