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The EEA Agreement in a Revised EU Framework for Welfare Services

  • Offers a timely, much needed consideration of the EEA and its implications for welfare services

  • Supports a sophisticated understanding of similarities and differences between the EU and the EEA

  • Provides analysis of the impact of EEA law on EU members and EFTA states

  • Raises questions about the role of EU and EFTA institutions and the need for awareness and discussion at the national political level


Part of the Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation book series (SEELR, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Karin Fløistad
    Pages 1-28
  3. The EEA Integration Process and Free Movement of Services: Patients’ and Students’ Mobility in Publicly Financed Systems of Healthcare and Education

  4. The EEA Integration Process and Union Citizenship: Social Welfare Rights for Non-economically Active Moving EEA Citizens

  5. The EEA Integration Process and the Financing of Public Services: Applying State Aid Rules to Welfare Services

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-289

About this book


This book addresses some of the most debated topics preceding the UK referendum on membership of the EU, namely welfare services and free movement of citizens. The work improves understanding of the implications of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, which is the most integrated form of association agreement with the EU for non-member states. The author considers the impact of EEA law on both European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states and on EU Member States, and looks at case law. A broad range of welfare services are analysed, including public healthcare and educational services, various social services, and public utilities such as transport and public broadcasting. Free movement of students, of patients and public financing of welfare services are among the issues explored. 

The focus here is particularly on legal aspects and the demonstrated development of the EEA Agreement into the welfare sphere. This work enables a sophisticated analysis about the nature of the principles of homogeneity and dynamism. The book is essential reading for scholars who seek to understand the EU’s legal framework, the EEA Agreement and its implications. The topics covered are also relevant to UK/EU discussions on future relations, both for intermediate and long-term arrangements.


European Economic Area Agreement (EEA Agreement) EFTA institutions (EFTA Court, EFTA Surveillance Authority) Union citizenship (free movement of persons in the EEA) Public financing of welfare services Free movement of patients (health care services) :Free movement of students (educational services) State aid and welfare services Principle of homogeneity Principal of dynamism The rule of law

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Independent Appeals Board for Competition Cases in Norway, EEA Competition AuthoritySimonsen Vogt Wiig LawfirmOsloNorway

About the authors

Karin Fløistad is presently partner in one of Norway's largest corporate lawfirms, Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS and head of the of the independent Appeals Body for Competition Cases in Norway. She has extensive experience litigating cases in the CJEU and in the EFTA Court and has also given advice in a number of years to both governmental and private clients as a practicing lawyer. She is also qualified to plead before the Supreme Court in Norway and she provides on a regular basis academic services for the law faculty at the University of Oslo. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The EEA Agreement in a Revised EU Framework for Welfare Services
  • Authors Karin Fløistad
  • Series Title Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-95042-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-06961-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-95043-3
  • Series ISSN 2214-2037
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-2045
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 289
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European Law
    Public International Law
    Labour Law/Social Law
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