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 and Switzerland.
The total number of asylum applicants in the four EFTA countries reached almost 39’000 in 2012. This represents an increase of roughly 17% compared to one year before. In 34% of all cases a positive decision was granted in first instance.
The establishment of the .eu top-level domain, new rules on the term of protection of music recordings and a new law aimed at reducing illegal deforestation were among the 86 EU acts adopted at the EEA Joint Committee meeting on 3 May 2013.
Following a decision last week by the EU to postpone the inclusion of international flights in the Emissions Trading System (ETS), the EEA Joint Committee decided by written procedure on 30 April 2013 to extend the scope of this decision to the European Economic Area.
At a meeting of the EEA Joint Subcommittee Committee I-V on 23 April 2013, the European Commission presented their views on two EEA EFTA Comments on electronic transactions and civil aviation submitted recently to the EU side by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Subcommittee I-IV covers the four freedoms of the internal market and prepares issues for the EEA Joint Committee. The Committee meets both internally on the EEA EFTA side and jointly with the European External Action Service (EEAS), who represents the EU institutions.
52nd Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association, 2012. The report is only avaliable in electronic form, in PDF format for PCs and laptops and ePUB format for tablets and smartphones.
This publication is an overview of EFTA's activities and institutional framework. The publication is only avaliable in electronic form, in PDF format for PCs and laptops and 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 - 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 Bulletin issue 1, 2011. The purpose of the updated handbook is to describe the institutional and practical aspects of EFTA statistical cooperation within and outside the EEA Agreement and the Swiss-EU Agreement.
In 2010, the European Free Trade Association celebrated its 50th anniversary. The EFTA Convention entered into force on 3 May 1960. You can read more about the publication and order it here.
EFTA Bulletin issue 1, 2010.
This publication is an updated overview of EU programmes with EEA EFTA participation.