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EU Deal: it's Largely in the interest of Switzerland

The foreign policy Commission of the Council of States (APK) dispense with a formal opinion on the institutional agreement between Switzerland and the EU (Insta). You are expected by the Federal Council, that he will his Executive role and responsibility.

The writes to the APK in a communication of Friday. She pointed out that an Ad-hoc consultation of the commissions is not provided for by law. For the APK, the practice raises questions about the separation of powers. Positively, it highlights that this is a discussion on ideological boundaries, and an objective examination of the content of the agreement.

Although you don't want to take a formal position, does not waive the APK to a comment. The outcome of the negotiations on Insta she will be judged, accordingly, as "largely the interests of Switzerland and the negotiating mandate".

the inclusion in the case of adoption of Law

in Order to make the agreement in the majority of the population is capable of, the Commission requires the Federal Council to clarify those open issues that may already be in the framework of the applicable Swiss Law answered. In addition, he should explain how he intends to involve Parliament and the population in the future, systematically and at an early stage in the adoption of Law.

The APK is expected that the current wage is to maintain the level of protection. In addition, the Federal Council should clarify the scope of application of the EU principles on state aid and its impact on the Confederation, the cantons and municipalities.

An automatic Takeover of the Union citizens Directive would include the APK only. This is not mentioned in the agreement. From the point of view of the EU, it belongs to the free movement of persons. It is the fear that Switzerland could be forced by the European court of justice for the Takeover. According to the APK such points must be dealt with at the political level.

Explicit exclusion

in your opinion, is the Insta, or a supplementary explanation must hold, therefore, expressly, that the possible Takeover of certain elements of the Union citizens Directive only through political negotiations can take place. A Takeover due to a court order should be excluded.

should Also be specifically excluded according to APK the entitlement to social assistance of persons present, thanks to the free movement of persons in Switzerland, but never here, were employed, the designation for criminal law reasons and the provisions of permanent residence.

The APK of the national Council had taken the end of March position for the Insta. It calls on the Federal Council, the conclusion of the agreement the space of a year. The Federal Council should work to ensure that the framework agreement with the EU majority. For the open-ended questions to look for creative solutions. (fal/sda)

Created: 05.04.2019, 18:32 PM

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