Free Trade Agreements Norway
The Fues have already concluded a comprehensive bilateral free trade agreement with Iceland, known as the Hoyvek Agreement. The Council examines substantive issues, including the development of EFTA relations with third countries and the management of free trade agreements, and examines the relationship with the policy and administration of EU third countries in general. It has a broad mandate to examine possible policies to promote the Association`s overall objectives and to facilitate the development of links with other states, state organizations or international organizations. The Council also manages relations between EFTA states under the EFTA Convention. EEA issues are discussed by the Brussels Standing Committee. « The focus is generally on the EEA agreement, but bilateral agreements are important to Norway and will be increasingly important in the future, » says Medin. « If our major trading partners enter into important trade agreements with other countries, it is important that we come to an agreement to prevent trade from being hijacked by Norway. » Although EFTA is not a customs union and Member States have the full right to conclude bilateral trade agreements for third countries, it has a coordinated trade policy.  As a result, their Member States have concluded free trade agreements with the EU and a number of other countries.  To participate in the EU internal market, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are contracting parties to the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement with the rules set by the EFTA Supervisory Authority and the EFTA Court of Justice. Instead, Switzerland has a series of bilateral agreements with the EU. However, according to Medin, the evaluation of more than 150 pages of Norwegian trade policy is insufficient, especially in one area: in short, Norway today is a small, rich and open country with a liberal regime for international trade.
OSLO (Reuters) – Norway and Britain have signed a temporary and limited agreement to maintain trade in goods in the absence of a final Brexit trade deal by the end of the year, as the Norwegian Ministry of Industry announced on Wednesday. The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is a regional trade organisation and a free trade area made up of four European countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.  The organisation works in parallel with the European Union (EU) and the four Member States participate in the European single market and are part of the Schengen area.  However, they are not parties to the customs union of the European Union. As a member state of the European Economic Area, Norway fully applies the whole of the Community acquis, which is relevant to the four freedoms (free movement of goods, people, services and capital), as well as the acquis on accompanying policies (. For example, transport, competition, social policy, consumer protection, the environment, statistics and corporate law).