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.
On 22 March, the EFTA Parliamentary Committee held a full day of meetings to discuss current trade issues with, among others, the European Commissioner for Trade, Ms Cecilia Malmström.
On 21 March, at the second EFTA Council meeting in 2017 under the chairmanship of Norway, the Council discussed preparations for the upcoming EFTA Ministerial meeting in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard on 26 June 2017.
The Standing Committee of the EFTA States and the EEA Joint Committee met in Brussels on 16 and 17 March 2017 respectively. In the Joint Committee meeting, 22 decisions were adopted incorporating 69 legal acts into the EEA Agreement.
Effective as of 14 March 2017, Iceland has lifted capital controls imposed as a stabilising measure during the country’s financial crisis in 2008. This represents the completion of Iceland’s return to international financial markets.
Delegations from the EFTA States and Malaysia convened from 13 to 17 March 2017 in Kuala Lumpur for the eighth round of negotiations on an Economic Partnership Agreement.
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.