- 'No to EEA' campaign in Norway (Photo: Nei til EU)
The EU has different types of agreements with other countries.
An Association Agreement is an agreement between the EU and external (third) countries. According to Art. 217 TFEU (previously Art. 310 TEC of the Nice Treaty), such an agreement is the basis for close co-operation and may lead to later EU membership of the third country.
The Lisbon Treaty established a special article for neighbourhood agreements in Art. 8 TEU. It could be used to offer Turkey a partnership agreement as an alternative to full membership.
Partnership agreements have been signed with, for example, the former Soviet republics in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Stabilisation and Association Agreement
The EU has Stabilisation and Association Agreements(SAA) with the Balkan countries.
Development Association Agreement
Free Trade Association Agreements
Free Trade Association Agreements (for example EEA agreement) and free trade agreements with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia from 2014.