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: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.
From 25 to 27 February 2015, delegations from the EFTA States and Turkey met in Geneva for the second round of negotiations on the modernisation and expansion of their existing free trade agreement (FTA).
On 25 February 2015, the EEA Joint Committee adopted 33 decisions by written procedure, incorporating 49 legal acts into the EEA Agreement. Among these acts was the directive on certain permitted uses of orphan works.
The EFTA traineeships for 2015 are now open for applications. The duration of the traineeships is from 1 September 2015 until 30 June 2016.
Marking the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and Bosnia and Herzegovina, a trade promotion seminar organised by both parties is being held on 17 February in Sarajevo and on 19 February in Banja Luka for the benefit of businesses from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The European Union had a surplus in international trade in services of almost EUR 180 billion in 2013, of which one third came from trade with EFTA.
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.
This two-page factsheet gives a general overview of the role and tasks of the European Free Trade Association. Several other factsheets can also be downloaded from our website.
EFTA Bulletin - September 2012.
Two decades have passed since the EEA EFTA States joined the European Community in the effort to complete the Single Market. The Bulletin reviews the past, takes stock of the present, and looks into the future of the European Economic Area.