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 Parliamentary Committee discusses TTIP in Washington   14.04.2015
    Thomas Aeschi, Member of the Swiss House of Representatives (Nationalrat) and Gunnar Gundersen, Member of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget)

    On 13 April 2015, members of the EFTA Parliamentary Committee participated in a panel debate in Washington to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the EU and the US and the possible implications for the EFTA Member States.

  • Improved access to Icelandic and Norwegian translations of EU legal acts   08.04.2015

    The EEA-Lex look-up tool on EFTA's website has been expanded to include links to Icelandic and Norwegian translations of EU legal acts published in the EEA Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union. EEA-Lex offers information about the status of EU acts that have been incorporated into the EEA Agreement or are under consideration for future incorporation.

  • Lively discussions on the Independent Review of the European Standardisation System   31.03.2015

    On 26 March 2015, a meeting on the independent review of the European Standardisation System arranged by the European Commission, was hosted by the EFTA Secretariat. 112 participants had registered for the meeting and represented EU and EFTA States, industry, European and national standards organisations, Annex III organisations and other stakeholders.

  • Increasing number of asylum seekers in EFTA countries   30.03.2015

    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.

  • EFTA and Philippines hold first round of negotiations   27.03.2015
    Undersecretary Adrian S. Cristobal Jr., spokesperson for the Philippines and Ambassador Didier Chambovey, spokesperson for EFTA

    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.


  • 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.

  • 53nd Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association, 2013. The report is only avaliable in electronic form, in PDF format for PCs and laptops and ePUB format for tablets and smartphones.

  • 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.


  • 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 2012

    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.