At this year's WEF in Davos, Switzerland (from 22. to 25. January), Federal councillor Ueli Maurer with U.S. President Donald Trump . He wanted to try, a free trade agreement with the United States, silent Elevator, he said to Tele Züri on the occasion of a campaign event for the SVP in oberglatt ZH.
The USA is in addition to the EU is the main trading partner for Switzerland, Maurer said. In the framework of a free trade agreement, this partnership will be concretized.
A cracking nut for Switzerland: On his last tour of duty at the beginning of December 2018, Johann Schneider-Ammann wanted to announce as Minister of the economy, a breakthrough in the trade talks – namely, the beginning of formal negotiations on a free trade agreement with the United States. But it didn't happen.
A Meeting with the US trade representative Robert Lighthizer had cancelled Lighthizer in the short term. While Schneider-Ammann was able to meet then at least his Deputy, but a concrete result could not show the Federal Council then.
"not reached The target completely," admitted Schneider-Ammann at the time, in the Embassy in Washington. It is still in the Phase of "exploratory talks", for a negotiating mandate, it was far too early.
As an obstacle to agriculture. Among other things, was, according to Schneider-Ammann, the Americans could push for the approval of genetically modified products, what would be, from the Swiss point of view, problematic. Already in 2006, a first attempt for a free trade agreement with the United States failed, because the Federal Council feared the resistance of the agricultural lobby.
The trip to Washington was Schneider-Ammann's last before he retired at the end of December as the Federal Council. Now Ueli Maurer takes place in Davos, a new start-up. (red)
Created: 06.01.2019, 16:26 PM