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

  • EFTA – Canada: First Exploratory Round   29.04.2016
    Ambassador Martin Eyjólfsson from Iceland and Mr Bruce Christie, Director General of the Intellectual Property and Services Trade Bureau, Global Affairs Canada

    Delegations from the EFTA States and Canada convened on 26-27 April 2016 in Geneva for a first exploratory round on the possible modernisation and expansion of their existing free trade agreement. Ambassador Martin Eyjólfsson from Iceland acted as EFTA Spokesperson, and Mr Bruce Christie, Director General of the Intellectual Property and Services Trade Bureau, Global Affairs Canada was the Head of the Canadian delegation.

  • New deal to cut roaming prices and standardise mobile phone chargers in the EEA   29.04.2016
    Claude Maerten, Head of Division, European External Action Service (EU Chair)

    Decisions on lower roaming prices, standardised mobile phone chargers and revised public procurement rules were among those adopted by the EEA Joint Committee on 29 April 2016. In total, 37 decisions were adopted incorporating 64 EU legal acts into the EEA Agreement.

  • EFTA States and the Philippines sign Free Trade Agreement   28.04.2016
    Adrian S. Cristobal Jr., Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines

    Ministers and other Representatives from the Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and from the Philippines signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) today in Bern, Switzerland.

  • EEA adaptations to the EU financial supervisory system   28.04.2016

    After intensive and technically complex negotiations on the formulation of the EEA adaptations to the European Union's financial supervisory system, the first draft Joint Committee Decisions (JCDs) for the incorporation of this regulatory framework into the EEA Agreement have now been submitted to the EU and the national parliaments in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

  • EFTA’s Annual Report for 2015 published   28.04.2016

    The 55th Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association has been published. The report contains an overview of the functions and activities of EFTA throughout 2015 in the areas of managing the EEA Agreement, EFTA’s worldwide network of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and the EFTA Convention.

Publications

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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.