All agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices which may affect trade between the Parties and which have as their object or effect the preventing, restricting or distorting competition in the territory governed by this Agreement, and in particular those which, under special conditions, however, for certain categories of authorized economic operators, the obligation to be established in the customs territory of a Party may be waived. In addition, each Contracting Party shall determine whether, and under what conditions, an airline or shipping company which is not established in its territory but which has a regional service there may benefit from that status. Article 47(3) shall not apply to the EFTA States. An EFTA State may agree, by means of agreements with one or more third countries, to apply provisions which accord the same treatment to branches of a credit institution established in a third country in the territory of that EFTA State. Where, under bilateral agreements concluded between the Community and certain EFTA States, reduced duties exist on certain goods, these duties shall be considered as basic customs duties for each of the EFTA States concerned. Without prejudice to the special provisions of the Agreements between the European Economic Community and the EFTA States, this Protocol shall apply to controls and formalities relating to the carriage of goods which must cross a frontier between an EFTA State and the Community and between the EFTA States. If, at the time of entry into force of the Agreement, the necessary adaptations to the legislation have not been made to the satisfaction of the Contracting Parties, all the points in dispute may be submitted to the EEA Joint Committee. In the absence of an agreement, the provisions of Article 114 of the Agreement shall apply mutatis mutandis. Loans for direct or indirect financing from an EC Member State or an EFTA State or its regional or local authorities may be granted or placed in other EC or EFTA Member States only if the States concerned have reached agreement on the matter. The Parties shall endeavour to reach agreement on matters relevant to this Agreement.
In particular, the EEA Joint Committee shall endeavour to find a solution acceptable to both parties where a serious problem arises in an area which falls within the competence of the legislator in the EFTA States. Decisions of the EEA Council shall be taken by common accord between the Community, of the one part, and the EFTA States, of the other part. An entry or exit summary declaration shall not be necessary in the cases provided for in the international security conventions which a Contracting Party makes with a third country in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 9b(3) of this Protocol. where the European Union negotiates with one or more third countries the conclusion of an agreement on the basis of Article 47(3) and such an agreement concerns the achievement of national treatment or effective market access for branches of credit institutions established in a Member State of the European Union in the third countries concerned, the European Union shall endeavour to ensure equal treatment between branches of credit institutions established in an EFTA State. Each Contracting Party may, by means of agreements with one or more third countries, accept the application of provisions other than those laid down in Articles 27 to 31 of the Directive, provided that its insured persons enjoy adequate and equivalent protection. . . .