The European Free Trade Association

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an intergovernmental organisation set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States: IcelandLiechtensteinNorwaySwitzerland.

The Association manages the EFTA Convention; EFTA’s worldwide network of free trade and partnership agreements, and the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement.

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News Releases

  • EFTA Ministerial meeting, Bern, Switzerland, 27 June 2016   27.06.2016
    Mr Johann N. Schneider-Ammann (EFTA Chair), President of the Swiss Confederation and Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

    At the summer Ministerial meeting in Bern on 27 June, EFTA Ministers signed a Free Trade Agreement with Georgia and launched negotiations with Ecuador. They also discussed the outcome of the UK’s referendum on EU membership and its possible implications. They underlined the importance of maintaining close trade relations with the UK, which is one of the major trading partners of the EFTA countries.

  • EFTA States sign Free Trade Agreement with Georgia   27.06.2016
    Mr Dimitry Kumsishvili, First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, signs the FTA on behalf of Georgia.

    Ministers from the Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and from Georgia signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) today. The FTA will further strengthen the economic ties and promote trade and investment between the two sides.

  • EFTA and Ecuador launch free trade negotiations   27.06.2016
    Mr Juan Carlos Cassinelli Cali, Minister of Foreign Trade of Ecuador, and his interpreter

    Ministers from the Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and from Ecuador launched free trade negotiations on 27 June 2016 in Bern. A Joint Declaration on Cooperation was signed by the two sides in June 2015

  • EFTA and Egypt hold third Joint and Sub- Committee meetings   17.06.2016
    Mr Sayed Elbous, Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Egypt signed for the Egypt side and Mr Finnur Thór Birgisson, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Iceland in Geneva signed for the EFTA side.

    Delegations from the EFTA States and Egypt convened in Geneva on 15 and 16 June 2016 to address issues of implementation of their free trade agreement.

  • EEA EFTA Forum adopts opinions on EU Circular Economy Package and EEA Grants   13.06.2016
    The new Chair of the EFTA Forum, Ms Hilde Onarheim, Member of the City Council of Bergen, and the Vice Chair, Mr Halldór Halldórsson, President of the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities

    At its 13th meeting, held in Stykkishólmur, Iceland, on 6 and 7 June 2016, the EEA EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities (the Forum) adopted two opinions: on the EU Circular Economy Package and implications for local and regional authorities, and on the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021.

Publications

  • 55th Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association, 2015. The report is only available in electronic PDF format.

  • This publication contains information on EFTA's activities and institutional framework, as well as a range of statistics on EFTA and its Member States. The publication is avaliable in paper or electronic pdf format.

  • EFTA Bulletin - July 2015

    This edition of the EFTA Bulletin looks at the EEA Agreement in historical perspective, explains how EU legal acts are incorporated into the Agreement and outlines current and future challenges of the EEA. The publication is avaliable in paper or electronic form.

  • This two-page factsheet gives a general overview of the role and tasks of the European Free Trade Association.

  • EFTA Bulletin - December 2013.

    This edition of the EFTA Bulletin looks at EFTA's free trade relations with partner countries outside the European Union. The publication is avaliable in paper or electronic form in PDF format for PCs and laptops, as well as in ePUB format for tablets and smartphones.

  • EFTA Bulletin - September 2014

    EFTA Bulletin - September 2014.

    This edition of the EFTA Bulletin outlines the new procedures to be followed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway for incorporating EU acts into the EEA Agreement. The procedures apply from 20 October 2014.

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority
  • EFTA Court
  • FMO

Questions and answers on EFTA and the EEA

Frequently asked questions on EFTA
and the EEA

EEA Introductory Seminar

EFTA Seminar on the functioning of the EEA Agreement -
Brussels, Thursday 8 September 2016

The seminar will provide professionals, both inside and outside the European Union, with a thorough understanding of the EEA Agreement and how it integrates Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway into the EU’s Internal Market.

The seminar is free of charge, including lunch and a reception, but participants must cover possible travel and accommodation costs. 

The Introductory Seminar on Thursday 8 September will take place at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels.

Programme

Online registration (open until 5 September)