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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. Read more

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). Read more

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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. Read more

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. Read more

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 Read more

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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. Read more

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. 
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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Davos, Friday 24 January: Norway joined 13 other members of the World Trade Organization in announcing an initiative for the liberalization of trade in environmental goods. The participants announced their commitment to achieve global free trade in environmental goods, and pledged to work together, and with other WTO Members similarly committed to liberalization, to begin preparing for... Read more

After several years of impasse, the results of the Ministerial Conference in Bali are very positive. This is good news for the global efforts to reduce poverty and will give a much-needed stimulus to the world economy, says Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

On 25 November 2013, the WTO issued the panel reports in the disputes between Norway/Canada and the EU on EU measures on seal products. The panel determined that the EU measures violate the core provisions of the WTO on non-discrimination. Read more

On 4 December2013 in Bali, Afghanistan and Norway signed the bilateral Agreement that they have concluded on market access negotiations on trade in goods and services in the context of the Accession of Afghanistan to the WTO. Read more

Norway will be donating a total of NOK 36,300,000 (CHF 5,320,000) to various WTO Trust Funds for 2013-2014, which brings its total contributions up to NOK 188,400,000 (CHF 27,600,000) since 2001. Norway is ready to pledge an additional NOK 30,000,000 (CHF 4,400,000) to support the implementation of an agreement on Trade Facilitation, in particular for LDCs. Read more

In a joint release at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference, trade ministers for the group of countries known collectively as "the Friends of Fish" committed their countries not to introduce any new subsidies that contribute to overfishing or the overcapacity of fishing fleets, and to refrain from extending any existing programs that might do so. Read more

Den norske WTO/EFTA-delegasjonen i Genève tilbyr praktikantplass for norske studenter fra begynnelsen av september ut desember 2014. Søknadsfrist 1.april 2014. Read more