Mission and Values

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.

ESA is independent of the States and safeguards the rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free movement, fair competition and control of state aid.

ESA's work helps remove barriers to trade and open up new opportunities to over 500 million Europeans, creating jobs and growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.


ESA operates in a fair, objective and independent manner. ESA's staff take ownership of their tasks and carry out these tasks in an environment of open discussion and high ethical standards.


ESA and its staff carry out their functions in a manner which is visible, approachable and transparent. ESA is open to continuous improvement at an organisational and individual level.


ESA employs highly qualified staff, who have the skills and knowledge required for ESA to fulfil its role and to deal with tasks in an effective and efficient manner. We develop our competence and continuously improve our skills and knowledge and aim for excellence.

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