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European Integration
EFTA since 1969
ECSC / EEC Council of Europe






European Free Trade Association (EFTA, since 1960)



With the EEC moving toward a common market, several capitalistic European nations which were not EEC members agreed to form a free trade zone of their own. Negotiations began in 1959; a CONVENTION agreed upon at Saltsjoebaden (near Stockholm, Sweden) by the governments of the UNITED KINGDOM, DENMARK, NORWAY, SWEDEN, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, PORTUGAL. In went into force in 1960.
EFTA, in contrast to the EEC, had no goal of an eventual political integration. FINLAND was associated in 1961.

Soon, a number of EFTA members were dissatisfied with the economic development and applied for EEC membership, among them Ireland in 1965.


EXTERNAL
FILES
European Integration History Index, from WWW Virtual Library
EFTA: 40 years of Free Trade, from EFTA Secretariat
DOCUMENTS Historical Documents 1930- , from the History of European Integration Site at Leiden University
REFERENCE Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1957, pp. 306-307 (on events in 1956) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1963, pp. 353-354 (on events in 1962) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1964, pp. 350-352 (on events in 1963) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1965, pp. 343-344 (on events in 1964) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1966, pp. 289-291 (on events in 1965) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1967, pp. 332-334 (on events in 1966) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1968, pp. 334-338 (on events in 1967) [G]
Article European Unity, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1969, pp. 333-335 (on events in 1968) [G]



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