|Author (Person)||Carrera, Sergio, Guild, Elspeth|
|Publisher||Centre for European Policy Studies [CEPS]|
|Series Title||CEPS Policy Briefs|
|Series Details||23 April 2015|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The focus of this Policy Brief is the Swiss referendum of 2014 against ‘mass immigration’ in Switzerland. It identifies the challenges that a quota on EU citizens’ free movement rights to Switzerland would pose to EU-Swiss relations, considering: i) the value of freedom of movement in the EU and its indivisibility from the internal market and other economic freedoms; ii) the specificity of the EU legal system following the Lisbon Treaty that established democratic and judicial accountability mechanisms; iii) the lack of supranational judicial oversight of the EU-Switzerland agreements framework; and iv) the existence of the so-called guillotine mechanism, according to which the termination of the Free Movement Agreement would entail the automatic termination of the other agreements with the EU. The authors set out a number of options and consider their implications for EU-Swiss relations.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Countries / Regions||Europe, Switzerland|