The Agreement on the European Economic Area – the EEA Agreement – is the cornerstone of the relations between Norway and the European Union. The EEA extends the Internal Market, with its so-called four freedoms (free movement of goods, capital, services and persons), to Norway and the two other EEA EFTA countries.
The agreement establishes a system ensuring equal conditions of competition. In addition it includes so-called "flanking and horizontal policies", intended to strengthen the Internal Market. Other fields of co-operation include consumer protection, culture, education, environment, information services, and small and medium-sized enterprises. The EEA Agreement also contains provisions on various aspects of trade in agricultural and fish products.
On 1 May 2004 the European Union will be enlarged with ten new Member States; Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and the Slovak Republic. Norway will be associated with the EU enlargement through the parallel enlargement of the European Economic Area (EEA).
Under this heading you will find more information about both the EEA Agreement and the other fields of co-operation.