EC regrets Swiss decision to axe talks on institutional deal with EU
The Framework Agreement was intended as the foundation to enhance and develop bilateral relations for the futureMaria Koleva , Brussels
Today, the Federal Council took the decision to terminate the negotiations of the EU-Swiss Institutional Framework Agreement and we take note of this unilateral decision of the Swiss Government, the Commission statement of Wednesday afternoon read.
The EU executive says it regrets this decision, “given the progress that has been made over the last years to make the Institutional Framework Agreement a reality”.
The Commission points out that the EU-Swiss Institutional Framework Agreement was intended as the foundation to enhance and develop EU-Swiss bilateral relations for the future. Its core purpose was to ensure that anyone operating in the EU Single Market, to which Switzerland has significant access, faces the same conditions. That is fundamentally a matter of fairness and legal certainty. Privileged access to the Single Market must mean abiding by the same rules and obligations.
“This is why, back in 2019, the EU insisted that this agreement was so essential for the conclusion of possible future agreements regarding Swiss further participation to the Single Market, and also an essential element for deciding upon further progress towards mutually beneficial market access. This agreement would have allowed for a consolidation of the bilateral approach and ensured its sustainability and further development.
Without this agreement, this modernisation of our relationship will not be possible and our bilateral agreements will inevitably age: 50 years have passed since the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement, 20 years since the bilateral I and II agreements. Already today, they are not up to speed for what the EU and Swiss relationship should and could be,” the Commission underscores.
We will now analyse carefully the impact of this announcement, the statement also says.