The EEA Agreement guarantees the freedom to provide services on a non-discriminatory basis anywhere in the European Economic Area. As there are to be no restrictions on the freedom to provide services within the EEA, no requirements of nationality may hinder an undertaking or an individual established in an EEA State providing services to a customer in another country within the EEA.
The free movement of services - together with the right of establishment - is one of the major breakthroughs and an important factor in EEA coherence. The service sector constitutes a significant share of local economies with many countries employing well over half of their working population in services. Services also play a significant role at many stages of the production of goods, strengthening their links with trade in goods and services. The main fields of services covered by the EEA Agreement are: