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

  • Agreement reached on new financial mechanism   20.07.2015

    On 17 July 2005, the EEA EFTA countries initialled a draft agreement with the EU on new financial contributions to reduce social and economic disparities and promote cooperation in Europe for the period 2014–2021.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on planned EU strategy for goods and services   16.07.2015

    On 16 July 2015, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment to the European Commission’s forthcoming strategy for goods and services. The EEA EFTA States emphasise their commitment to a well-functioning Single Market as a key driver in boosting economic growth and jobs throughout Europe.

  • EFTA Bulletin looks into the past, present and future of the EEA   16.07.2015

    The 2015 edition of the EFTA Bulletin focuses on the EEA Agreement from a historical perspective, explains the process of incorporating EU legal acts into the Agreement and outlines current and future challenges for the EEA.

  • Norway takes over chair of the EFTA Council   14.07.2015

    The EFTA Council met in Geneva on 14 July 2015. Norway, holding the rotating Council chair for the second half of the year, presented its priorities. The Council also reviewed the results of the Ministerial meeting in Schaan, Liechtenstein, held on 22 June 2015.

  • EU decision on deployment of interoperable EU-wide eCall incorporated into EEA Agreement   10.07.2015

    An EU decision on the deployment of the interoperable EU-wide eCall service was among the 25 legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement by the EEA Joint Committee on 10 July 2015.


  • 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 -
Brussels, Wednesday 2 September 2015

EFTA is organising two types of seminars on the EEA: Introductory Seminars in September and February each year, and Policy Seminars on an ad hoc basis.

The next Introductory Seminar will take place on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at the EFTA Secretariat's premises in Brussels and 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.


Online registration (open until 28 August 2015)