About: EU-Switzerland relations

Politics 18-11-2021

Swiss/EU misunderstandings and the dispute over the push backs in Greece

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the launch of a political dialogue between the EU and Switzerland, in an attempt by the two parties to resolve continuous misunderstandings regarding the single market.
Ignazio Cassis and Maroš Šefčovič
Economy & Jobs 16-11-2021

Worlds apart: Switzerland and EU keep talking past each other

The Swiss foreign minister was in Brussels to launch a political dialogue between the EU and Switzerland six months after the Swiss government decided to stop negotiations on a framework agreement between the EU and Switzerland.
Brexit 07-07-2021

EU urges UK to accept Swiss-style deal to end agri-food standoff

The European Union urged London on Tuesday (6 July) to consider a Swiss-style veterinary agreement with Brussels on agri-foods to end a post-Brexit 'sausage war' row over certain goods moving between Britain and its province of Northern Ireland.
Economy & Jobs 03-06-2021

Does Switzerland try to friendzone the EU?

The Swiss Federal Council decided to withdraw from the framework agreement with the European Union. It is now imperative to clarify that both sides pursue a completely different kind of relationship, writes Stefan Legge.
Global Europe 27-05-2021

Swiss scrap talks with EU on cooperation deal

Switzerland on Wednesday (26 May) called off years of talks with the European Union aimed at sealing a cooperation agreement with Bern's largest trading partner, in a move which angered Brussels.
Global Europe 23-04-2021

EU urges Swiss ‘compromise’ to break deal impasse

European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen called for "flexibility" as talks with Switzerland's president on Friday (23 April) failed to make a breakthrough towards sealing a long-delayed cooperation agreement.
Economy & Jobs 08-02-2021

EU ambassador to Switzerland says treaty talks finished

The European Union will not reopen parts of a stalled bilateral treaty with Switzerland, the EU ambassador to the Alpine republic said in an interview with newspaper Blick, taking a hard line on Swiss misgivings over talks that have lasted years.
Global Europe 12-11-2020

Swiss government resumes talks with EU on stalled treaty

Switzerland is to resume talks with the European Union over a wide-ranging bilateral treaty, including on issues such as protecting workers' rights and wages, that have lain dormant for two years.

Swiss voters refuse immigration cuts, EU sees ‘great future’ in relationship

Swiss voters on Sunday (27 September) rejected a bid to slash immigration from the EU, leaving free movement in the heart of Europe intact, and embraced offering paid paternity leave for the first time.

Swiss vote threatens free movement in heart of Europe

A Swiss vote Sunday (27 September) on limiting EU immigration is not expected to pass, but fears abound that a shock "yes" could deal a fatal blow to relations with the bloc.

Swiss government warns voters against cancelling EU free-movement pact

The Swiss government on Tuesday (11 February) urged voters to reject a referendum push by the right-wing Swiss People's Party to end an accord with the European Union on the free movement of citizens.
Politics 06-01-2020

Swiss oppose ‘Brexit moment’ in EU relations: poll

Most Swiss oppose a referendum campaign launched by the far-right to end the free movement of citizens from the European Union, according to a poll published on Sunday (5 January).
Economy & Jobs 02-09-2019

Faced with ‘dogmatic’ EU, Switzerland may turn to UK on research cooperation

Switzerland is unlikely to strike a deal with the European Union this year over a stalled partnership treaty, its economy minister said, extending an impasse that has hurt bilateral ties and disrupted cross-border share trading.
Economy & Jobs 01-08-2019

Swiss president sees no quick progress in EU treaty row

Swiss President Ueli Maurer played down prospects for quickly ending a standoff with the European Union over a stalled partnership treaty that has disrupted cross-border stock trading and strained ties with Switzerland's main trading partner.

Swiss vote to tighten gun laws and stay in Schengen

The Swiss voted Sunday (19 May) to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the change could have threatened relations with the bloc.
Global Europe 29-04-2019

Swiss labour leader declares draft EU treaty ‘dead’

The new head of Switzerland's powerful labour union federation rejected a draft treaty with the European Union and called for restarting negotiations with the country's most important trading partner.
Brexit 15-01-2019

EU-Swiss talks hit impasse, causing Brexit confusion

Talks between Brussels and Berne have been running since 2014 in a bid to formalise the 120 separate accords that have been negotiated between the EU and Switzerland since a 1992 referendum in the Alpine state rejected joining the European Economic Area. But the draft agreement, which was made public in early December, now seems unlikely to become reality.
Economy & Jobs 17-12-2018

EU grants six-month reprieve to Swiss exchanges

The European Commission announced on Monday (17 December) its intention to conclude a new treaty with Switzerland by June and will in the meantime allow Swiss stock exchanges to retain access to the EU market. The decision, which will take...
Economy & Jobs 05-07-2018

Swiss to revisit talks on full treaty with EU after summer break

Switzerland said on Wednesday (4 July) it had put further talks on a new treaty governing relations with the European Union, including sensitive labour market rules, on hold until after the summer break.
Global Europe 30-04-2018

Most Swiss back plan for new treaty with EU

Most Swiss support the government's plan to forge a new treaty with the European Union that would have arbitration panels to help settle disputes, a poll published on Sunday (29 April) showed.

Swiss see no quick deal on new EU treaty

Switzerland will not meet the European Commission's deadline for a deal in the early part of this year on a new treaty that would bind the neutral country more closely to its biggest trading partner, new Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said.
Economy & Jobs 04-12-2017

Legislators weigh options to enforce growing number of EU labour rules

A recent uptick in EU legislation on social issues has sparked disagreement between member states on controversial files to regulate labour rules across the bloc. Now legislators are trying to hammer out a way to enforce the growing number of rules.

Switzerland to limit Romanian, Bulgarian workers

Switzerland will curb Bulgarian and Romanian citizens' access to its labour market for the next 12 months, the government said yesterday (10 May), amid increased migration from those countries after limits were lifted last June.
Global Europe 23-12-2016

Juncker hails progress in EU-Swiss relations after immigration law

The European Commission on Thursday (22 December) welcomed progress in relations between the EU and Switzerland after Bern avoided a clash with Brussels by passing an immigration law that does not impose outright quotas.