Parliament building

Institutional agreement

The Federal Council has taken the decision not to sign the InstA. The negotiations with the EU did not produce the outcomes Switzerland needed to sign the agreement.

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Free movement of persons

Free movement of persons

The agreement on the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the EU has been in force since 1 June 2002 as an important part of the Bilateral Agreements I.

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Flags Switzerland and UK


The UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have consequences for Switzerland’s relations with this country. Switzerland wants to maintain its close relationship with the UK beyond Brexit. 

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Flags Switzerland and UK


Internal security and migration challenges require international cooperation. Switzerland works closely with European states in the areas of justice, police, visas and asylum.

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The flags of Switzerland and the EU

History of Swiss – EU relations

The EU and its 27 members are Switzerland’s most important partners. The relationship Switzerland-EU has developed by means of an ever-tighter net of sectoral agreements.

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