The EU and the Principality of Liechtenstein are close economic and political partners in the context of the EEA, which Liechtenstein joined in 1995. <u>Find here</u> a summary of the key elements of this partnership .
The EEA Agreement covers most aspects of Liechtenstein's relations with the EU, including:
Participation in the EU internal market;
Participation in EU agencies and programmes;
Liechtenstein's financial contribution to social and economic cohesion in the EU and EEA;
Regular political dialogue on foreign policy issues at ministerial and expert level.
Since December 2011, Liechtenstein has also been an associated member of Europe's border-free Schengen area and fully participates in the Dublin system for dealing with asylum claims.