No Move Without Free Movement: The EU-Swiss Controversy Over Quotas for Free Movement of Persons
CEPS Policy Brief, No. 331, April 2015
10 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2015
Date Written: April 23, 2015
The focus of this Policy Brief is the Swiss referendum of 2014 against 'mass immigration' in Switzerland. It identifies the challenges that a quota on EU citizens’ free movement rights to Switzerland would pose to EU-Swiss relations, considering: i) the value of freedom of movement in the EU and its indivisibility from the internal market and other economic freedoms; ii) the specificity of the EU legal system following the Lisbon Treaty that established democratic and judicial accountability mechanisms; iii) the lack of supranational judicial oversight of the EU-Switzerland agreements framework; and iv) the existence of the so-called guillotine mechanism, according to which the termination of the Free Movement Agreement would entail the automatic termination of the other agreements with the EU. The authors set out a number of options and consider their implications for EU-Swiss relations.
Keywords: EU-Swiss relations, EU-Swiss, Free Movement Agreement
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