European Economic Area. The free-trade area established by the EEA Agreement, which binds all EC countries and three members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA): Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. (Switzerland is a member of EFTA but is not of the EEA.)
EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA. An 1992 agreement between the European Community and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) establishing a free trade area in all areas except agriculture. Previously called the European Economic Space.
European Economic Area. The EEA Agreement went into force in 2004. It allows Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, who are not members of the EU but who are members of the European Free Trade Area, to participate in the internal European market without assuming the full responsibilities of EU membership. The EEA gives them the right to be consulted by the European Commission during the formulation of Community legislation, but not the right to a voice in decisionmaking. All new EC legislation in areas covered by the EEA is integrated into the EEA Agreement through an EEA Joint Committee decision and subsequently becomes part of the national legislation of the EFTA countries that signed the EEA. The EEA Agreement is concerned with the four fundamental pillars of the internal European market, i.e., freedom of movement of goods, persons, services and capital. See “European Free Trade Association” and “European Union.
European Economic Area. The European Economic Area in effect extends the single market to cover Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - subject to agreement they must follow the applicable EC legislation without having had a full say in its negotiation, in return for which they have full access to the Internal Market.
European Economic Area. A combination of the member nations of the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) that comprises 19 nations, nearly 380 million people, and approximately 40 percent of world trade.
European Economic Area. The EC provisions on training and mutual recognition of qualifications also apply in certain other European countries, which together with EC member states, comprise the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany. Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
the European Economic Area, for non-members of the European Union that want to be part of the single market. It includes Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. They have no say in the decisions taken by the EU, even though they are affected by them. (more information)
European Economic Area. An economic area encompassing all the members of the European Union (EU-- q.v.) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA-- q.v.), with the exception of Switzerland. Established in 1993, the EEA went into effect on January 1, 1994. The EEA is a single market for the free movement of labor, services, capital (with some restrictions on investments), and most products. EFTA members have agreed to accept EU regulations in many areas, including company law, education, environmental protection, mergers, and social policy.
European Economic Area â€“ currently comprises the 25 countries of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) â€“ plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
European Envionment Agency. The European Environment Agency, with currently 31 member countries, aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy making agents and the public.
European Environment Agency. The European Environment Agency (EEA) was established by Regulation (EEC) No 1210/1990, amended by Regulation (EEC) No 933/1990, and has been operational since 1994. The EEA aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-making agents and the public. The Agency processes data from the member countries to knowledge at European level, and co-operates with the European environment information and observation network (Eionet) and other international partners to gather, process and distribute data and information.