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.


News Releases

  • EFTA Parliamentary Committee visits Georgia   26.11.2015

    A delegation from the EFTA Parliamentary Committee visited Georgia from 23 to 26 November to promote trade cooperation between EFTA and Georgia, and to support negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA). The delegation met with, among others, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, parliamentarians, and representatives of the business community and civil society organisations.

  • EFTA Parliamentary Committee meet with EFTA Ministers   23.11.2015
    Mr Vidar Helgesen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister of Norway, and Ms Kathy Riklin, Christian Democratic Party, Switzerland

    On 23 November, the EFTA Parliamentary Committee met with the EFTA Ministers in connection with the EFTA Ministerial meeting in Geneva.

  • EFTA Ministerial meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 23 November 2015   23.11.2015
    Mr Vidar Helgesen (Chair), Minister of EEA and EU Affairs of Norway

    On 23 November 2015, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its biannual Ministerial Meeting in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr Vidar Helgesen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs of Norway. The Ministers met with Ambassador Michael Punke, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, to pursue the trade policy dialogue with the U.S. and to discuss developments in the TTIP negotiations between the U.S. and the European Union.

  • EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee discusses Energy Union and Digital Single Market Strategy   20.11.2015
    Mr Jørn Dohrmann, Denmark, Member of the European Parliament; and Mr Elfried Hasler, Member of the Liechtenstein Parliament

    On 19 November the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee (EEA JPC) convened in Brussels to discuss several current topics related to the EU and the EEA, including the Energy Union, the Digital Single Market Strategy and developments in the EEA Agreement.

  • EFTA parliamentarians and social partners discuss European integration and migration at joint conference   19.11.2015

    On 18 November, the EFTA Parliamentary and Consultative Committees met for a joint conference to discuss European integration, which is going through turbulent times.


  • 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.

  • 54th Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association, 2014. The report is only available in 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 - 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 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.