The Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) is a 1992 agreement that brings into an internal market the Member States of the European Union (EU) and three of the countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), namely Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. (The fourth EFTA state, Switzerland, has decided not to join.) The aim of the agreement is to strengthen trade and economic relations between countries by removing trade barriers and establishing a level playing field and compliance with the same rules. On 20 November 2013, it was announced that an enlargement agreement had been concluded. The text was initialled on 20 December 2013 and, after its signature in April 2014, the agreement will be applied provisionally until it is ratified by Croatia, all EEA States and the European Union. [13] [22] [43] In September 2020, the agreement was ratified by 19 out of 32 parties. [4] 2. The conditions for such participation shall be the subject of an agreement between the Contracting Parties and the requesting State. This Convention shall be subject to ratification or approval by all Contracting Parties in accordance with their own procedures. 2. Joint Declaration on agreements on the mutual recognition and protection of names of wines and spirits; 22. Joint Declaration on the relationship between the EEA Agreement and the existing Agreement; 1. All agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices which may affect trade between the Parties and which have as their object or effect the preventing, restricting or distorting competition in the territory covered by this Agreement, and in particular those which, notwithstanding that such agreements are, in separate instruments, n, they are part of the overall balance of the results of the negotiations and are essential elements for the approval of the EEA Agreement. 3.

The Parties shall make every right of them to reach agreement on matters relevant to this Agreement. .