EFTA and USTR Meet to Discuss Enhancing Trade Relations

Along with Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, Liechtenstein is a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). EFTA is an intergovernmental organization set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States.

From the website of the Secretariat of the European Free Trade Association:

On 4 and 5 June 2014, a delegation from the EFTA States met with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and other interlocutors in Washington DC.

Following a first set of meetings in November 2013, an EFTA delegation of high-level officials pursued talks aimed at assessing the potential for increasing trade and investment opportunities between the EFTA States and the US.

At their meeting with Dan Mullaney, Assistant USTR for Europe and the Middle East, the EFTA delegates discussed the status of EFTA and US activities in the area of preferential trade relations, addressing the relevance to the EFTA States of the ongoing negotiations between the US and the EU on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

EFTA and US business representatives exchanged views on the state of EFTA-US trade relations before joining government officials for a joint session. Meetings of EFTA delegates were notably held with representatives of the National Foreign Trade Council, the Centre for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University, and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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