A Decision of the Council and the Commission (13.12.1993) approves the Agreement on the European Economic Area concluded between the European Communities, their Member States and the EFTA States (Austria, Finland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland). The aim of the Agreement of association is to promote a continuous and balanced strengthening of trade and economic relations between the Contracting Parties with equal conditions of competition, and the respect of the same rules, with a view to creating a homogeneous European Economic Area (EEA). This shall entail the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital. Included among the provisions of this Agreement are articles covering cooperation in the field of information services; the environment; education, training and youth; social policy; consumer protection; support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); the audiovisual sector; and programmes and procedures for statistical information. The EFTA States, from the entry into force of the Agreement, shall participate in the implementation of the Framework Programmes for EU research and technological development through participation in the specific RTD programmes. They shall contribute financially to these activities according to rules set out in the Agreement. They shall, in consequence, participate fully in the committees which assist the European Commission in the management or development of the Framework Programmes and the specific programmes. Given the nature of this cooperation, EFTA representatives shall also be associated with the work of the Scientific and Technical Research Committee (CREST) and other committees which the Commission consults in this field.
Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden