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.
Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and social partners from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway met in Vaduz on 19 and 20 May 2016 for the 24th meeting of the EEA Consultative Committee (EEA CC).
The EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee (EEA JPC) held the first of its biannual meetings for 2016 in Vaduz on 19 and 20 May to discuss current topics related to the EU and the EEA, including the European Commission’s Single Market Strategy for Goods and Services, and the collaborative economy.
The biannual introductory seminar on the EEA will take place on Thursday 8 September 2016 at the EFTA Secretariat's premises in Brussels.
Delegations from the EFTA States and Mexico met for their first round of negotiations on a comprehensive review of the existing Free Trade Agreement between the EFTA States and Mexico, on 10-13 May in Geneva.
In 2015, over 7 700 asylum seekers were considered as unaccompanied minors in the EFTA States, according to data published by Eurostat. The vast majority of these were male, with Afghanistan representing the most common country of origin, followed by Eritrea and Syria.
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 - 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.