State of play

The Federal Council has emphasised repeatedly the social and economic importance of the bilateral approach, which allows Switzerland to prosper while maintaining its independence. The Federal Council aims to maintain and build on this relationship, particularly in regard to market access. Switzerland and the EU have negotiated since 2014 an agreement on institutional issues to ensure that the agreements on market access are applied more consistently and efficiently now and in the future. At its meeting on 7 December 2018, the Federal Council took note of the conclusion of negotiations and decided to send the negotiated text for consultation to Parliament’s foreign affairs committees, the cantons, the political parties, the social partners and other stakeholders. The Federal Council approved the report on these consultations at its meeting of 7 June 2019. He considers the draft as broadly in the interest of Switzerland but wants to clarify certain points.