Relations between Switzerland and the rest of Europe have been developing steadily. The highlights of this development process are listed here in chronological order.






Switzerland and the EU signed an agreement on emissions trading, enabling Switzerland and the EU to link their CO2 emissions trading systems (ETS).


The Federal Council pronounced itself in favour of another autonomous Swiss contribution to certain EU member states in order to reduce the economic and social disparities. During a period of 10 years, 1.302 bn CHF will be invested in specific projects.



President Doris Leuthard met with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Bern. They both positively assessed the progress achieved this year in the bilateral relations Switzerland–EU and determined the next common steps.


Switzerland and the EU initialled the Eurodac protocol, allowing the Swiss criminal prosecution authorities to access data from the Eurodac database, which has an automated system for the recognition of digital fingerprints of asylum seekers in the Dublin Area states.


Switzerland signed a declaration on eGovernment jointly drawn up by the EU and EFTA. The declaration contains five core principles for eGovernment and is intended to be a guide for further development.



The Federal Council sent a pragmatic solution for the implementation of the EU firearms directive to parliament for consultation. The suggested solution exploits the existing scope and takes into account the Swiss gunnery tradition.



Switzerland signed in Lisbon an agreement to deepen the cooperation with the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). It provides Switzerland direct access to the European expert network.


The Federal Council initiated the consultation on tax proposal 17. The proposal will make a significant contribution to having an appealing location and thus to added value.



The Federal Council adopted an amendment of the regulation on workers posted to Switzerland. The minimum number of controls regarding the respect of pay and working conditions (accompanying measures) will be increased.



The Agreement on Mutual Recognition in relation to Conformity Assessment (MRA) between Switzerland and the EU is updated, thereby maintaining market access in sectors in which the Swiss and EU technical standards have been revised.



Estonia assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU for a six-month term.


The Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe (Eastern Europe Cooperation Act) came into force. The act was passed by Parliament on 30 September 2016.



The Federal Council activates the safeguard clause for Bulgaria and Romania. Starting from 1 June 2017 and for one year, the access to the Swiss labour market for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens applying for a new B-type residence permit will be restricted.



Signing of an administrative agreement providing for a more intensive cooperation in the area of humanitarian aid and civil protection in Switzerland and abroad


The Federal Council waives a counterproposal to the initiative ‘Get us out of the dead end! Don’t reintroduce immigration quotas’ (Rasa initiative).



President Doris Leuthard and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker have agreed in Brussels to resume negotiations on all pending dossiers.


Pascale Baeriswyl has taken over the coordination of Switzerland’s negotiations with the EU from Jacques de Watteville.




The United Kingdom formally notified the EU of its intent to leave, triggering art. 50 TEU. The two-year time frame during which the UK and the EU must complete the withdrawal negotiations has begun.


59.1% of the Swiss voters have rejected the «Corporate Tax Reform Act III».



Entry into force of Protocol III of the AFMP on extending the free movement of persons to Croatia and of the AEOI Agreement between Switzerland and the EU



Malta assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU for a six-month term

Chronology Relations Switzerland-EU 2017