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 and India continue free trade negotiations   16.01.2017
    State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch from Switzerland (on the right) and Anita Praveen, Joint Secretary in the Department of Commerce, New Delhi (on the left)

    During their 15th round of negotiations, held from 11 to 13 January in New Delhi, delegations from the EFTA States and India continued talks towards a comprehensive free trade agreement.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on maritime transport safety   05.01.2017

    On 6 January 2017, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment in response to the public consultation on the fitness of EU legislation for maritime transport safety and efficiency.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on contract rules for online purchases   21.12.2016

    On 21 December 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on two European Commission proposals aimed at creating harmonised rules to increase consumer trust in the Digital Single Market by providing a high level of consumer protection.

  • EEA EFTA Comment on market surveillance   21.12.2016

    On 21 December, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint Comment on the evaluation of the market surveillance provisions of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 and on actions to enhance enforcement and compliance in the Single Market for goods.

  • EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee discusses security cooperation and climate policy   15.12.2016
     From left: Co-chairs Jørn Dorhmann, Member of the European Parliament, and Svein Roald Hansen, Member of the Norwegian Parliament, Bergdís Ellertsdóttir, President-in-Office of the EEA Joint Committee, Sven Erik Svedman, President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

    On 14-15 December the EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee (EEA JPC) convened in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss several current topics related to the EU and the EEA, including economic and political challenges to the future of the Single Market, security cooperation and EU’s climate policy.


  • 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.

  • Handbook on EEA EFTA procedures – 2nd edition

    EFTA Bulletin - October 2016.

    This second edition of the Handbook on the EEA EFTA procedures for incorporating EU acts into the EEA Agreement reflects changes made following the 2016 review, namely a reduction of the number of forms used for the processing of acts, and an updated list of categories of acts subject to the fast-track procedure. These changes apply from 24 October 2016.

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority
  • EFTA Court
  • FMO

EFTA Seminar on the EEA Agreement

Brussels, Tuesday 7 February 2017, 9:30

This introductory seminar is intended to provide professionals, both inside and outside the European Union, with a thorough understanding of the Agreement on the European Economic Area and how it integrates Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway into the EU’s Internal Market.



EFTA Trade Statistics

EFTA Trade Statistics is a new, interactive tool that gives insight on trade relations with EFTA's partners over time and by type of merchandise.


Questions and answers on EFTA and the EEA

Frequently asked questions on EFTA
and the EEA