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EU is responding irritably to a decision about the cohesion of a billion

From a "signs of relaxation" was the speech on Tuesday in the national Council, If the Parliament of the cohesion consents to a billion, could move the EU in the framework agreement.

the reaction of The Europeans stands now, however, a different picture. "The answer of Switzerland is not the answer, to which the EU has seven years of waiting," says Andrea Elscheková Matisová, Ambassador of Slovakia in Bern, Switzerland. The EU Ambassador Michael Matthiessen, is not satisfied. "The EU is the cohesion billion", he said on Tuesday to the SRF evening. "It is the Ticket of Switzerland to the EU single market that Switzerland is benefiting for a long time."

The Switzerland had decided with the Bilateral cohesion billion, the last support was spoken 2012. Since then, the EU insists on a new edition, so far without result.

"Switzerland is paying since 2012,"

stone of contention this time is a clause in the Federal decision. Accordingly, the Federal Council may specifically refer to the cohesion of a billion only if the EU is discriminated against in Switzerland – if you recognise your stock exchange laws as equivalent.

"In Switzerland, you rarely hear that Switzerland already pays, since 2012, the European cohesion, although they benefited from the access to the European internal market."Andrea Elscheková Matisová, Ambassador of Slovakia

The link is not good. Elscheková Matisová says: "We hoped that the Parliament would put up with the cohesion of a billion is a positive sign. With the conditions that the Parliament, which is not the case, unfortunately." Since 2012, the EU had held Council in which the member countries are represented, several times in the conclusions that he did not expect further contributions, "in no condition attached," said Elscheková Matisová. "In Switzerland, you rarely hear that Switzerland already pays, since 2012, the European cohesion, although they benefited from the access to the European internal market."

Is a billion too little?

you don't understand the negotiating logic of the Switzerland, says the Slovakian, who has been working for six years in Berne: "The Parliament is now saying' Yes ' to the cohesion of a billion, but the Federal Council not to pay." First of all, Switzerland would plan with the countries of the EU projects and only at the end decide whether it is contrary to the post also. "Expected Switzerland, the EU negotiating countries under these terms and conditions on project agreements, although the money will flow for probably never?", Elscheková asks Matisová.

you don't understand the negotiating logic of Switzerland in relation to the cohesion of a billion: Alain Berset is situated Elscheková Matisová in Bern at the new year reception of 2018. Photo: Peter Klaunzer (Keystone)

in any case, the cohesion is measured billion to just under, she says: "The amount should be proportional to the Benefit from the access to the single market, as was also expressed in the conclusions of the EU Council is clear." Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but I have privileged access to the single market, "and this access has a cost".

includes The first cohesion payment of 1.3 billion Swiss francs for five years. For the second of the same amount for ten years was planned, if we consider all years since 2013. For comparison: your country pay every year 850 million Euro to the EU Budget, Austria EUR 3.4 billion, also EEA countries like Norway contribute a lot more than Switzerland.

"It is hard for us to understand why Switzerland needs for your decisions so much time."Andrea Elscheková Matisová, Ambassador of Slovakia

to 2020, should become a year of European decisions, called for Old-Federal councillor Doris Leuthard in a SRF Interview. The cohesion of payment is not the appropriate Christmas gift this year to usher in. The EU wants to finally have clarity in the framework agreement. "The EU is losing patience," said Elscheková Matisová. "With all due respect for direct democracy, for us it is difficult to understand why Switzerland needs for your decisions so much time and why you fall so hard."

warning-SVP-Initiative

"The Swiss are pragmatists, but in the case of relations with the EU, they have not sometimes, perhaps, the entire image before the eyes, especially with regard to the importance of the framework agreement," said Elscheková Matisová. "The EU is also a democracy in the member States don't always get everything you want. Switzerland, the EU has made important concessions on the framework agreement."

before the framework agreement is the vote on the limit on the initiative of the SVP is coming up in may. Elscheková Matisová warns: "An acceptance of limitation initiative, would be the end of bilateral relations, as it exists today, because all the agreements would be covered by the Bilateral I." It was "in the interest of both sides that relations are fair and predictable, and legal certainty."

Created: 04.12.2019, 20:19 PM

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