European Economic Area

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European Economic Area

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(Currencies) a free-trade area created in 1994 by an agreement between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), excluding Switzerland, and the European Union (EU). Abbreviation: EEA
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At the beginning, the Norwegians called it "fax democracy:" Instructions from Brussels would simply appear in Oslo government offices, to be implemented without debate.
Norway, which Mr Troy likes to cite, is dubbed a 'fax democracy' for this very reason.