29.12.2020 The Switzerland-EU bilateral agreements will cease to apply to the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period. These agreements will be succeeded by a series of follow-up agreements that Switzerland negotiated with the UK as part of its Mind the Gap strategy (including Mind the Gap+). Most of the existing rights and obligations between the two countries will continue to apply.   
18.12.2020 The State Secretary of the FDFA, Livia Leu, and Italian Deputy Minister at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ivan Scalfarotto, signed an agreement to simplify radiometric checks on the export of metal products. This will eliminate the need for radiation protection measurements at the border when exporting metal products.  
14.12.2020 Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, signed the Services Mobility Agreement (SMA). The agreement secures reciprocal, facilitated market access for service providers from Switzerland and the UK from 1 January 2021.  
04.12.2020 The Federal Council approved an agreement between Switzerland and the UK on the mobility of service suppliers, which will close the imminent gap as of 1 January 2021 when the agreement on the free movement of persons between CH and the UK will cease to apply.   
27.09.2020 In a popular vote, 61.7% of the Swiss people and the majority of the Cantons have voted against the popular initiative ‘For moderate immigration (Limitation Initiative)'.
Participation: 59.47%.



Germany takes on the Presidency of the Council of the EU for a six-month term.


Parliament approved a credit necessary for the further development of the Schengen acquis. This investment in information systems aims at strengthening security in the Schengen area.




The United Kingdom withdraws from the EU; a transitional period runs until 31.12.2020.


Entry into force of the agreement on the linking of the Swiss and EU emissions trading schemes (ETS), allowing Switzerland and the EU to trade CO2 emission rights.



Croatia takes on the Presidency of the Council of the EU for a six-month term.

Chronology Relations Switzerland-EU 2020