Institutional agreement

Bilateral Agreements I
© Peter Auchli

With the aim of consolidating mutual market access and making it fit for the future, Switzerland and the European Union (EU) have negotiated an institutional agreement. It should apply to five existing and to all future market access agreements. After intensive consultations with the stakeholders most affected in Switzerland, the Federal Council decided on 7 June 2019 to clarify certain points of the draft text. In order to support the search for solutions with the EU, the social partners and the cantons are closely involved in this ongoing domestic political process.


  • 07.06.2019: Report on the consultations is approved, Federal Council demands clarifications
  • 07.12.2018: Federal Council aknowledges the results of the negotiations, decision for consultations 
  • 02.03.2018: Clarification of the negotiation mandate by the Federal Council
  • 22.05.2014: Start of the negotiations
  • 06.05.2014: Adoption of the negotiating mandate by the Council of the EU
  • 18.12.2013: Adoption of the negotiating mandate by the Federal Council

Status August 2019