From 1 January, the STOA panel of the European Parliament has assumed EPTA presidency for the year 2018.

From 1 January, Switzerland has resumed EPTA presidency for the year 2017.

The EPTA Council welcomed two new associate members: Japan and Mexico.

EPTA welcomes two new associate members: Russia and Wallonia.

On 1 January Austria took over the EPTA presidency for the year 2016.