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European Economic Area (EEA)
Liechtenstein joined the EEA in 1995. The EEA Agreement covers most aspects of its relations with the EU, including:
the EU single market – all relevant laws, except those dealing with agriculture and fisheries, apply to Liechtenstein
EU Agencies and programmes – Liechtenstein participates in a number of them, albeit with no voting rights
social & economic cohesion in the EU/EEA – Liechtenstein contributes financially
regular political dialogue on foreign policy issues at ministerial and expert level
Travel (and asylum)
Since December 2011, Liechtenstein has been an associate member of Europe's border-free Schengen area and fully participates in the Dublin system for dealing with asylum claims.
Liechtenstein generally supports the EU’s foreign policy and aligns itself with relevant EU measures.
Taxes & duties
The EU has bilateral agreements with Liechtenstein on taxation of savings . Negotiations on EU-Liechtenstein co-operation on combating fraud and exchange of information on tax matters are ongoing.
Relations with Switzerland
Liechtenstein has had a customs and monetary union with Switzerland since 1924 and is strongly integrated in the Swiss economy.
EU-EFTA reports - EU Council conclusions
The main issues under EU-Liechtenstein relations are outlined in the Council Conclusions below. The 2012 conclusions will be adopted by the end of 2012.
2008 conclusions on EU-EFTA relations
2010 conclusions on EU-EFTA relations
2012 conclusions on EU-EFTA relations [127 KB]
2012 EEA Council conclusions [95 KB]