The European Economic Area and European Free Trade Association: A Different Approach to Trade and a Possible Post-Brexit Path?
CSIS is pleased to host a discussion on the trade challenges, opportunities, and future paths of the European Economic Area (EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) and the European Free Trade Association (a trade bloc consisting of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) featuring H.S.H. Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein's acting head of state since 2004. Recent discussions in the United Kingdom have highlighted the EFTA as a possible path for a future UK-EU relationship (known as "Norway Plus") which makes this a particularly timely discussion with Prince Alois, who will offer opening reflections about Liechtenstein's experience with the EEA and EFTA over the past 25 years and the implications of a potential no-deal Brexit. Following Prince Alois’ remarks, a distinguished panel will describe their own experiences with the EEA and EFTA, the future of these entities at a moment of change for the EU’s single market in anticipation of Brexit, and the implications for transatlantic trade relations with EEA and EFTA in light of potential US-UK and US-EU free trade agreements.This event was made possible through the generous support of the Embassy of the Principality of Liechtenstein.