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Ambühl brings new proposal for EU Deal

Michael Ambühl, has proposed the conclusion of an interim agreement with the EU. This should help to maintain the bilateral relations and to avoid escalation. The Ex-Secretary of state at the Department of foreign Affairs, who had negotiated the Bilateral II, writes in a guest commentary in the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" from Monday, an between agreement the negative developments of cushioned and the negotiations of the framework agreement could be resumed later. The contribution of the ETH-Zurich Professor for negotiation, co-authored with the scientist Daniela Scherer.

As the Form for a possible interim agreement, a Memorandum of understanding ("Memorandum of Understanding comes according to the authors,") in question. The Switzerland and the EU could agree that, on the one hand, the Updating of existing contracts in the usual framework would continue. On the other hand, Switzerland should renounce to demands for new market access agreements.

Switzerland is to pay more money

Ambühl and Scherer rain that Switzerland pays more money to the EU. As a sign of good will and for the decoupling of the political Conditionalities Switzerland could show the cohesion contribution "clear, spacious". "This is Switzerland is still cheaper than a non-balanced framework agreement or unforeseeable needle of the EU's stitches." Further, the intention could be to hold negotiations to continue as soon as the time is ripe.

An interim agreement would not be, according to the authors, however, without risks. Among other things, the impression could arise that the debate about the "real" substantive issues will spared, namely those concerning the accession to the EU. In the balance sheet, the authors maintain, however, that "The EU is likely to prefer an interim agreement a Failure of the framework agreement in a referendum."

negotiations Stalled

The Switzerland negotiated with the EU since 2014, for an agreement to control the future relations, has not signed the last year of this contract design so far, but. The Parliament in Bern demands more time and, in particular, clarifications in the matter of wage protection, state aid, and the Union citizens Directive.

The EU Commission renegotiations leaning so far and increased the pressure on Switzerland by let expire the appreciation for the Swiss stock exchange in the summer. The renewal of the European Commission and the ongoing Brexit dispute to overshadow the talks in addition. (aru/sda)

Created: 25.11.2019, 09:36 PM

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