EFTA is an important organization for Norway. It was established in 1960 to encourage and promote trade among the seven member countries who at that time did not want to enter the European Economic Community. Today, the organization is comprised of four states; Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein. First and foremost EFTA is a venue for negotiating free-trade agreements and thus creating market access for Norwegian industry. Furthermore, the work of the organization is linked to surveillance and follow-up of the EEA agreement.
The Secretariat of EFTA has its main office in Geneva, which coordinates activities related to organizational and administrative matters as well as issues regarding free trade agreements. There is also a secretariat in Brussels dealing with the EEA-agreement, as well as a small statistical office located in Luxemburg. The Permanent Mission of Norway in Geneva is responsible for the day-to-day interaction with EFTA in Geneva. The Ambassador represents Norway on a regular basis in the Council.
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