You may know that as part of the EEA agreement, Eurostat publishes EFTA data. However, information about EFTA States is not always part of any analysis in our publications.
To overcome this and provide users with complementary data, the EFTA office has decided to start publishing ad-hoc statistical bulletins. These bulletins will include detailed EFTA figures together with analysis. They intend to provide such bulletins, covering various subjects, at least twice a year.
The first of the series was published in July. The “Trade in Goods and Trading Partners of EFTA Member States 2017”, takes a look at the trading patterns of the four states generally and in one table with the UK in particular.
All data is taken from COMEXT with Statistics Norway supplying additional data.
More than 90 participants, many of them from Eurostat and other Commission services, were gathered at the Cultural Centre of Neumünster Abbey in Luxembourg, on 18 February 2016 for the Introductory Seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA). The seminar was hosted by the EFTA Statistical Office and was the first of its kind in Luxembourg.
The EEA comprises the 28 EU Member States and the three EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The seminar participants received briefings on the history of EFTA and its role in the broader European integration process, the origins of the EEA and how EU law becomes EEA law, EU-EFTA cooperation in the field of statistics, the EFTA States' contribution to European cohesion efforts, and the role of the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the EFTA Court.
After the seminar, the participants were invited to a reception to mark the 25th anniversary of the EFTA Statistical Office.
Ms. Christine Benedichte Meyer has been appointed new Director General of Statistics Norway and will pick up her duties on the 1st of September 2015.
Ms. Meyer has a master and PhD degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and was appointed Professor in 2007. From 2011 to present, she has been the Director General of the Competition Authority in Norway. She has also held positions as State Secretary (2001-2003) and Commissioner of Bergen City Council (2007-2011).
From the 1st of September, the Director General of the interim period, Mr. Torbjørn Hægeland, will continue in his position as Director of Research in Statistics Norway.