EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA -– EEA

The Agreement signed in Oporto on 2 May 1992, as adjusted by the Protocol signed in Brussels on 17 March 1993 creating the European Economic Area (EEA), entered into force on 1 January 1994. The agreement was aimed to ensure the application of the four fundamental pillars of the Internal Market ("the four freedoms") by  the contracting parties, but also of the related policies, such as social policy, consumer protection, and environment policy (with the exemption of agriculture and fisheries legislation applying only to EU Member States) with a view to creating a homogeneous European Economic Area. The EEA includes all EU current member states plus the EFTA States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).

Editor: Bianca GIANNINI
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