EU asks Switzerland for “a bit of flexibility” on the framework deal

The issues with state aid, posted workers, and free movement of people remain

Photo: EU Ursula von der Leyen and Guy Parmelin met on Friday in Brussels.

EC President Ursula von der Leyen met on Friday in Brussels President of the Swiss Confederation Guy Parmelin. They took stock of the situation, following the talks between the teams of two parties on the institutional framework agreement which has to pave the way for a closer cooperation between EU and Switzerland.

State aid, wages and posted workers, and free movement of people remain a stumbling block to the conclusion of the long overdue cooperation deal, it became clear after the meeting.

Prior to their talks, EC President stated at a press point together with the Swiss President that it is possible to find compromises and to conclude the agreement, but there is a need of “a bit of flexibility on both sides”.

As the EC chief spokesperson Eric Mamer explained, the EU side believes that practical solutions can be found on the three issues of concern raised by Swiss side, “but it is simply not possible to carve them out of the agreement”.

“From our side there is no reason to stop negotiations on the agreement,” Mamer said adding: “There are issues that can be solved with a good will and we are looking forward to the Swiss side coming back so that we can continue the negotiations.”

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