About: EFTA

Brexit 09-02-2018

UK lawmakers consider EFTA as Brexit ‘half-way house’

The slow pace of Brexit negotiations, and lack of clarity from Theresa May’s government on what its preferred trade arrangements with the bloc should be, has put membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) back on the table as a possible ‘halfway house’ measure.
Brexit 15-12-2017

Court in the Brexit cross-fire

Honour on both sides of the Channel may have been satisfied, for now. The EU has a promise from London that it will pay around €40 billion and sufficient guarantees on the rights of EU citizens and the Irish border. And Prime Minister Theresa May has a commitment from Brussels to begin talks on a successor EU-UK trade deal.
Brexit 16-11-2017

EFTA court boss quits, reducing UK’s post-Brexit chances

One of the main proponents of British membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - a possible option for the UK's post-Brexit trade regime - quit on  Wednesday (15 November) after 14 years at the helm of EFTA’s court.
Brexit 06-09-2017

Duff: New joint EU-UK court needed post Brexit

To manage Brexit and prepare for what is to come, Andrew Duff argues for the creation of a new joint EU-UK court to settle the disputes that a joint EU-UK authority cannot resolve politically or technically.
Economy & Jobs 22-08-2017

EFTA makes available its own court to solve disputes after Brexit

The court of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) could present a way-out for Britain as it seeks a new authority to arbitrate in disputes after it leaves the European Union, the president of the court said on Monday (21 August).
Enlargement 10-01-2017

Iceland’s centre-right parties agree to form government; EU vote eyed

Iceland's centre-right Independence, Reform and Bright Future parties have agreed to form a coalition government and will give parliament a vote on whether to hold a referendum on joining the European Union.
Enlargement 02-01-2017

Iceland tempted once more by EU membership bait

Iceland could hold a referendum on joining the EU if new negotiations on forming a coalition government are successful, the head of one of the three parties involved in the political talks said today (2 January).
Brexit 03-10-2016

As Theresa May tries to buy Tory peace Brexit politics heats up

Theresa May’s has spent nearly every waking moment since leaving university thinking about her Conservative Party to which she has devoted all her life, writes Denis MaShane.
Brexit 22-08-2016

Brexit delivers blow to Swiss EU hopes

Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery. But it is doubtful if anyone in Switzerland is thanking the City and big bank spin doctors who have come up with the idea that London should seek a Swiss-style relationship with Europe once Brexit is fully consummated, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 28-06-2016

Brexit will end EU investment in the UK

A major contributor to the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and the main beneficiary of the Juncker Plan, a post-Brexit United Kingdom will have to learn to live without EU investment. EURACTIV France reports.

Norwegian minister: ‘We have the same rights and duties as EU member states’

Although Norway is not an EU member, it has agreed on a voluntary contribution of €2.8 billion to promote economic and social cohesion in poorer Eastern European countries. “It’s a win-win situation,” explains Elisabeth Aspaker who adds: “It’s not a rule that we should get something back."
Vidar Helgesen
Agrifood 17-04-2015

EFTA countries still not implementing EU rules fast enough, says supervisor

None of the countries that are members of European Free Trade Association (EFTA) are implementing EU rules fast enough. But Norway has 'improved remarkably', says the ESA, the body that oversees its implementation on behalf of EFTA.
Trade & Society 03-02-2015

TTIP transparency means proactive communication with citizens and stakeholders

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) offers the prospect of economic growth and job creation on both sides of the Atlantic, but should not be agreed to without transparent and proactive engagement of all stakeholders, writes Diogo Pinto.
Brexit 10-04-2014

Briton drafts ‘Brexit’ blueprint: UK can join EFTA

Britain's economy could grow by 1.3 billion pounds if it left the European Union due to less regulation and more trade with emerging economies, acccording to a British diplomat who dreamt up a blueprint for the country's EU exit.
Trade & Society 30-01-2013

EU threatens to punish Norway for breaching EEA agreement

Norway is failing to live up to its obligations as a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), including imposing extra taxes on EU products and not implementing more than 400 directives, according to an EU report to be published later this year.
Digital 11-12-2012

European antitrust fines: A new wave of deterrence?

Even though the European Commission's antitrust control spans beyond EU and EFTA borders, it lacks the enforcement capabilities which are potentially available to member states, such as criminal sanctions for cartel members, says Mario Mariniello.
Trade & Society 12-10-2012

EFTA: A model for EU trade deals?

SPECIAL REPORT / Countries in the 50-year-old European Free Trade Association (EFTA) seem to be more successful at striking free trade deals with third countries than the EU. But the ambitious second-generation agreements lately negotiated by Brussels might tell a different story.
Global Europe 18-01-2012

Norway sparks debate on future of EU relations

A new study commissioned by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry shows economic links to the EU have a “huge democratic deficit”, paving the way for a reshuffling of Norway’s agreements through the European Economic Area (EEA) at a time fellow member Iceland is holding EU accession talks.
Global Europe 16-12-2010

Switzerland hits back at EU criticism

Switzerland has defended its relationship with the European Union after facing some strongly-worded criticism from EU foreign ministers, who called the current bilateral setup ''unwieldy'' and ''incoherent''.
Development Policy 13-11-2003

Agreement signed on European Economic Area’s enlargement

The Enlargement Agreement of the European Economic Area (EEA) is now ready for ratification after it was signed on 11 November by Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland.
Trade & Society 10-01-2003

High-stakes EEA talks underway

Between now and early April at the latest, the EU and the three other members of the European Economic Area (EEA) must come to terms over trade issues that result from the Union's scheduled 2004 enlargement.