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.

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News Releases

  • EEA EFTA Forum adopts opinion on free movement of persons and migration in the EEA   25.06.2015

    On 11 and 12 June 2015, the EEA EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities held its eleventh meeting in Stange, Norway. At the meeting the Forum adopted an opinion on the free movement of persons and migration in the EEA.

  • Switzerland has the highest prices in Europe   25.06.2015
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    Data published recently by Eurostat show that the overall price levels in the EFTA countries were higher than the average price level in the European Union (EU) in 2014. Switzerland had the highest overall price level, followed by Norway. Iceland was closer to the EU average, but some products, like consumer electronics, were relatively more expensive in Iceland than in the other EFTA countries.

  • EFTA and Ecuador sign Joint Declaration on Cooperation   22.06.2015

    Ministers from the Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and from Ecuador signed a Joint Declaration on Cooperation (JDC) on 22 June 2015 in Schaan, Liechtenstein. Through the JDC, both sides commit to further enhancing their bilateral economic relations. The JDC establishes a Joint EFTA-Ecuador Committee, thereby providing the Parties with a forum for discussing relevant issues.

  • EFTA and Central American States sign Protocol of Accession of Guatemala to the EFTA-Central America Free Trade Agreement   22.06.2015

    Ministers from the Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and from Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama signed the Protocol of Accession of Guatemala to the EFTA-Central American Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on 22 June 2015 in Schaan, Liechtenstein. Guatemala is the first country to accede to this FTA, which will further enhance the economic ties and promote trade and investment between the EFTA States and Guatemala.

  • EFTA Ministerial meeting, Schaan, Liechtenstein, 22 June 2015   22.06.2015

    On 22 June 2015, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in Schaan, Liechtenstein. The meeting was chaired by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein.

Publications

  • 54th Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association, 2014. 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 - 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.

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority
  • EFTA Court
  • FMO

EEA Introductory Seminar

EFTA Seminar on the functioning of the EEA Agreement -
Brussels, Wednesday 2 September 2015

EFTA is organising two types of seminars on the EEA: Introductory Seminars in September and February each year, and Policy Seminars on an ad hoc basis.

The next Introductory Seminar will take place on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at the EFTA Secretariat's premises in Brussels and provide professionals, both inside and outside the European Union, with a thorough understanding of the EEA Agreement and how it integrates Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway into the EU’s Internal Market.

Programme

Online registration (open until 28 August 2015)