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.
37 000 people applied for asylum in one of the EFTA countries in 2014. This represents an increase of 11% from 2013, according to new data released by Eurostat.
The first round of free trade talks between the Philippines and the Members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland – was held on 24-27 March 2015 in Makati, Philippines.
At the second meeting under the Liechtenstein Chair on 26 March 2015, the EFTA Council approved framework partnership agreements with the European Association for the Coordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC) and with the European Environmental Citizens’ Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS).
Residents of the EFTA countries are generally very satisfied with their lives. Their life satisfaction is among the highest in Europe, according to new Eurostat data released on the occasion of the International Day of Happiness, 20 March 2015.
On 24 March 2015, the EFTA Working Group on the Environment met to discuss the processing of environmental acquis and relevant policy developments. The meeting started with a presentation by Dr Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, on the Agency’s State of the Environment Report (SOER), which was published this month.
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.