What is the EEA and which countries are EEA countries?

After the last blog post some of you may be asking; What is the EEA and Which countries are EEA Countries?

EEA stands for European Economic Area. Created in 1994, the EEA combines the countries of the European Union and member countries of EFTA (European Trade Association). The European Economic Area (EEA) was established on 1 January 1994 following an agreement between the member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the European Community, later the European Union (EU).

Countries that belong to the EEA are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom.

Countries that are EEA member countries but NOT part of the European Union are:

  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein.

The purpose of the EEA is the participation in the European Market trade and movement, without having to apply to be one of the EU member countries.

For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Economic_Area.