The European Economic Area Agreement
The Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) is the cornerstone of relations between Norway and the EU. It brings together the 27 EU member states and the three EEA Efta states Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in the internal market governed by the same basic rules.
What the EEA Agreement covers
Under the EEA Agreement, Norway and Norwegians have the same rights and obligations as other EEA countries and their citizens when it comes to trade, investments, banking and insurance, and buying and selling services. They also have the same right to work, study and live in other countries in the EEA.
Brief history about the EEA
The EEA Agreement ensures that Norway takes part in the EU Single Market with access to the benefits of the free movements of persons, goods, services and capital. It entered into force in 1994.
EEA institutions and bodies
The EFTA states and the EU make up the two pillars of the EEA cooperation. For this reason, the institutional framework for the EEA Agreement is often described as having a two-pillar structure.
The work programme for 2019 follows up the Government’s strategy for cooperation with the EU in the period 2018–2021. The strategy describes the Government’s main priorities for cooperation with the EU and sets out its vision for Europe.
The European Economic Area – binding together the EU and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
Norway shares a common set of values with the EU and its member states, and we are working together to find joint solutions to common challenges.