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

  • Ambassador Luzius Wasescha (1946-2016)   19.10.2016
    Ambassador Luzius Wasescha chairing the EFTA Council on 20 September 2010.

    Ambassador Luzius Wasescha who served as Permanent Representative of Switzerland to EFTA from 2007 to 2012 sadly passed away on 12 October.

  • EFTA Parliamentary Committee visits Vietnam and the Philippines   10.10.2016
    Svein Roald Hansen, Chair of the EFTA Parliamentary Committee, with Vice Chair of the Vietnamese National Assembly, Mr Phung Quoc Hien.

    A delegation from the EFTA Parliamentary Committee visited Vietnam and the Philippines from 3 to 7 October 2016 to promote and support trade cooperation with these countries. The delegation met with parliamentarians, ministers and representatives of both the business community and civil organisations.

  • EFTA Council approves new three-year arrangement with Eurostat   05.10.2016
    Ambassador Högni Kristjánsson and Deputy Head Nína Björk Jónsdóttir, Permanent Mission of Iceland to the International Organizations in Geneva.

    The EFTA Council has approved an arrangement with Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, regarding technical cooperation in the field of statistics. It will cover a three-year period, from 2017 to 2019, and involves a financial commitment amounting to EUR 2.1 million over the three years, which is the same amount as in the previous period.

  • Policy Seminar: Half in - half out of the the Banking Union   03.10.2016
    Mr Már Guðmundsson, Governor of the Central Bank of Iceland and Mr Mario Nava, Director at DG FISMA.

    On 27 September 2016, the EFTA Secretariat organised a policy seminar focusing on how banking sector policy in the EEA EFTA States is affected by their full participation in the Internal Market in financial services, whilst being permanently excluded from the single currency and the Banking Union.

  • EFTA and Indonesia hold 11th round of free trade negotiations   03.10.2016
    Ambassador Soemadi D.M. Brotodiningrat from Indonesia and Ambassador Markus Schlagenhof from Switzerland

    From 27 to 30 September 2016, delegations from the EFTA States and Indonesia continued their negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in Bandung, Indonesia.


  • 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.

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