No EU-Swiss agreement during Juncker’s visit / Strict enforcement of initiative rejected

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Series Details 19.09.16
Publication Date 19/09/2016
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Media reported on 19 September 2016 that talks between the European Commission and Swiss authorities had failed to yield a breakthrough in the impasse between the two sides over immigration.

The negotiations took place between Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker within the context of a gathering to mark the 70th anniversary of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s 'United Europe' speech in Zurich.

Switzerland and the EU have been at loggerheads since 2014 when Swiss voters approved a popular initiative calling for a brake on immigration. This would potentially violate a bilateral agreement that guaranteed the free movement of people between the EU and Switzerland.

The Swiss Parliament sought to avoid a potentially damaging confrontation with the EU on the 22 September 2016 by signalling its support for a watered-down version of immigration restrictions on European Union citizens.

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