Citizens of EFTA Member States enjoy freedom of movement in the territories of the other country, in accordance with the EFTA Convention.  EFTA citizens also enjoy free movement in the European Union (EU). Not only are EFTA citizens and EU citizens visa-free, but they also have the right to enter and stay in other countries. The Citizens` Rights Directive (also known as the “Free Movement of Persons Directive”) defines the right of citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes the three EFTA members, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, as well as EU member states. Switzerland, which is a member of EFTA but not of the EEA, is not bound by the directive, but has a separate bilateral agreement on free movement with the EU. Free trade agreements are international treaties between two parties (countries or transnational groups) to ensure free trade. This interactive map provides an overview of EFTA`s preferential trade relationships with partners around the world. Click on any country that displays in color for more information. The limits presented do not affect their legal status. An image of the map (large version) can be downloaded.
On May 5, 2008, Canada introduced legislation to Parliament on the implementation of the free trade agreement. However, the implementing legislation was no longer passed on September 9, 2008 when the legislative elections were declared in Canada. Legislation on the implementation of the free trade agreement was re-introduced by Canada`s Minister of International Trade, which was introduced on January 28, 2009 in the House of Commons to implement the free trade agreement. Benefits of agreements In 2013, 22.6% of Switzerland`s total exports will be concluded with free trade partners, with the exception of the free trade agreement with the EU. This represents 51% of Swiss exports to markets outside the EU. In particular, free trade agreements promote the growth, added value and competitiveness of Switzerland`s economic site. on free trade agreements on the websites of the State Secretariat for Economics (SECO) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA); PLEASE NOTE that EFTA agreements generally contain material provisions relating to the protection of intellectual property in an ip annex. EFTA strives to become a world open to trade, but is committed to recognizing all dimensions of sustainable development in its free trade agreements, such as environmental, labour and human rights protection. In EFTA countries, openness to trade and access to international markets are the basis of economic growth and general well-being. EFTA states actively apply and promote high standards of sustainable development and inclusion in their trade and external policies. In adopting standard rules on trade and sustainable development in 2010, EFTA ministers recognized the need to strengthen policy coherence at national and international levels in order to harness the potential of a positive contribution of international trade to promote sustainable development.