The most important agreements with the EC/EU since 1972

1972     

Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for industrial products (in force since 1 January 1973)

1989 Insurance agreements (in force since 1 January 1993)

Bilateral Agreements I (1999):
 

Free movement of persons (in force since 1 June 2002)

Technical barriers to trade (in force since 1 June 2002)

Public procurement markets (in force since 1 June 2002)

Agriculture (in force since 1 June 2002)

Overland transport (in force since 1 June 2002)

Civil aviation (in force since 1 June 2002)

Research (in force since 1 June 2002) 

Bilateral Agreements II (2004):
 

Schengen/Dublin (cooperation in the areas of justice, police, asylum and migration)
(in practice since 29 March 2009)

Taxation of savings
(in force since 1 July 2005)

Fight against fraud (not yet in force)

Processed agricultural products (in force since 30 March 2005)

Environment (in force since 1 April 2006)

Statistics (in force since 1 January 2007)

MEDIA (in force since 1 April 2006)

Pensions (in force since 31 May 2005)

Federal votes on Europe

1992  No (50,3%) to the European Economic Area (EEA)
1997 No (74,1%) to the “EU accession negotiations” initiative
2000 Yes (67,2%) to the Bilateral Agreements I
2001 No (76,8%) o “Yes to Europe”
2005 Yes (54,6%) to Schengen/Dublin
2005 Yes (56,0%)  on the extension of the
free movement of persons
2006 Yes (53.4%) on cooperation with Eastern Europe
2009 Yes (59,6%) on the continuation and extension of the free movement of persons

Switzerland and the EU in figures
 

Foreign trade

Year 2011

Total 

Million

CHF
EU

Million

CHF

EU 

in %

D

in %


in %
F

in %
Exports CH 208’202 118’426 56.9 20.2 7.8 7.1
Imports CH 183’539 143’890 78.0 32.3 10.4 8.6

Source: Swiss Federal Customs Administration FCA

Swiss abroad (2011): 

EU 420’653 59.8%
EFTA 5’924 0.8%
USA 75’637 10.7%
Canada 39’045 5.6%
Australia 23’348 3.3%
Other 139’003 19.8%
Total 703’640 100%

Source: FDFA, Consular Service

Non-Swiss nationals in Switzerland (2011): 

EU and EFTA 1’147’185 64% 
Serbia and Montenegro 104’805 5.9%
Turkey 70’190 4.0%
Other 150’099 25.4%
Total 1’772’279 100%

Source: La Vie économique 3-2012  

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