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

  • Modernising the European Standardisation System   08.02.2016
    ©CEN and CENELEC (Designer: Marco Paulo)

    In the recently adopted Single Market Strategy for goods and services, the European Commission has presented an action on a joint initiative on European standardisation. The action shows strong political support for standardisation and aims to modernise the European Standardisation System. On behalf of the four EFTA States, the EFTA Secretariat cooperates closely with the Commission and the European standardisation community in the standardisation area and is playing an active part in the development of the joint initiative.

  • First Joint Committee meeting of 2016 held in Brussels   05.02.2016
    Ambassador Kurt Jäger, Ambassador of Liechtenstein to Belgium and Head of the Mission of Liechtenstein to the European Union

    The EFTA Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 4 and 5 February 2016 respectively.

  • EFTA hosts biannual seminar on the EEA   03.02.2016
    Georges Baur

    On 3 February 2015, 70 participants from both the public and private sectors met at the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels for an introductory seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA).

  • EFTA launches new EEA-Lex features   01.02.2016

    On 1 February, the EEA-Lex service was upgraded to offer new functionalities, such as graphical timelines, quick and advanced search forms, and the inclusion of proposed EU acts with possible EEA relevance.

  • EFTA and Mexico launch negotiations on a review of the EFTA-Mexico Free Trade Agreement   22.01.2016
    President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, (EFTA Chair), and President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto (Photo: Eddy Risch, Liechtenstein)

    Davos, 22 January 2016: Ministers and other representatives from the Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland - and Mexico, launched negotiations on a review of the EFTA-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with a view to further deepening economic ties and expanding trade and investment between the two sides.


  • 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.

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority
  • EFTA Court
  • FMO

EEA Introductory Seminar

EFTA Seminar on the functioning of the EEA Agreement -
Luxembourg, Thursday 18 February 2016

On a regular basis, EFTA is offering introductory seminars on the EEA Agreement. The seminars 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 seminars are free of charge, including lunch and a reception, but participants must cover possible travel and accommodation costs. 


The Introductory Seminar on Thursday 18 February will take place at the Abbey of Neumünster Cultural Exchange Center.


Online registration (open until 15 February 2016)