Convention establishing the EFTA

The Convention establishing the European Free Trade Association (EFTA Convention) provides the basis for coordination between the various social security systems of its member states, i.e. Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Concluded on 21 June 2001 and in force since 1 June 2002, the revised EFTA Convention is aimed at promoting geographical and professional mobility by easing residence and employment requirements in the states concerned. By ensuring better coordination of the various social security systems, it allows people to be covered beyond national borders.

By incorporating Regulations (EC) No 883/2004 and No 987/2009 into its Annex K, the Convention allows Switzerland to apply the provisions in force within the EU to its dealings with the EFTA member states.

Last modification 09.03.2022

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