nations, which have close relations with the 15-member European Union through the European Economic Area pact, have free-trade pacts with some East European and Mediterranean nations plus Mexico.
EEA represented a new way of structuring the relationship between EC and EFTA
and was clearly influenced by the changing security situation in Europe, as the socialist world underwent traumatic transformations.
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In addition, the agreement between the EFTA
and EU also covers cooperation in other important areas such as research and development, education, social policy, the environment, consumer protection, tourism and culture, collectively known as "flanking and horizontal" policies.
Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Bjorn Jahnsen described the FTA as 'the basis for future growth of trade between our countries.' He added the governments have done their role in sealing the trade deal, 'now it is up to the private sectors, in both the Philippines and the Efta
states, to take advantage of this agreement.'
"With the recently ratified free trade agreement between Norway and the other countries in EFTA
and the Philippines, your country has become even more attractive to Norwegian companies," said the ambassador.
'Once effective, the FTA is expected to have positive impact on growth and increase trade between EFTA
countries and the Philippines.
The Philippines signed in April this year an agreement with Efta
, the country's second bilateral agreement after the Philippine Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.
States have contributed to the development and strengthening of global norms and must continue to do so.
So far, EFTA
has concluded 16 FTAs, which represent 5% of its total trade (73% of EFTA
's trade is with the EU) and only four of them are of second generation (Mexico, South Korea, Singapore and Chile).
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