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.
Delegations from the EFTA States and MERCOSUR met on 17 February in Brussels to prepare for the upcoming negotiations of a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement
Norway, holding the rotating EFTA Council Chair for the first six months of the year, presented its priorities at the Council’s first meeting of 2017 on 8 February.
On 7 February 2017, 150 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).
The EFTA Standing Committee and the EEA Joint Committee held their first meetings of 2017 in Brussels on 2 and 3 February respectively. The Standing Committee, chaired this semester by Norway, heard reports from the delegations on recent high-level meetings.
On 25 January, the EFTA Consultative Committee met with EFTA Ambassadors to the European Union to discuss major developments with regard to the EEA Agreement, the status of Swiss-EU bilateral agreements and the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU.
This brochure, in Q&A format, provides an overview of EFTA's free trade relations with partner countries outside the European Union. It contains statistics on the EFTA States and their trading products, as well as key characteristics of the EFTA economies. The publication is available in paper or electronically.
This two-page factsheet gives a general overview of the role and tasks of the European Free Trade Association.
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.