Martin SCHULZ, EP President meets with Hansjörg WALTER, President of the National Council of Switzerland and Hans ALTHERR, President of the Council of States of Switzerland:
- arrival and roundtable
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 21/11/2012 First transmission: 21/11/2012
Martin SCHULZ, EP President met with Hansjörg WALTER, President of the National Council of Switzerland and Hans ALTHERR, President of the Council of States of Switzerland on Wednesday 22nd November at the premises of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
This visit comes as a follow up of the March visit to the EU institutions of President Widmer-Schlumpf and Foreign Minister Burkhalter.
The most topical aspect of Switzerland’s relationship with the EU are the institutional issues surrounding Switzerland’s access to the Single Market; and how this might develop to make the relationship even more constructive in the future.
The fact is that since 20 years EU has given to Switzerland a sort of ' à la carte' access to the Single Market which no other non-EEA ‘third country’ has. And we did so in a way where, rather than asking Switzerland to accept the Single Market in its entirety, Switzerland could reach agreements with us on individual sectors where it felt access was particularly interesting.
This ‘sectoral’ approach was carried forward by a series of agreements covering individual sectors of the Single Market, but in many instances with their own slightly different institutional arrangements. And, taken together, those institutional arrangements are posing increasing problems for the effective running of the Single Market.
EU need a clear and unequivocal signal from the Swiss side that these principles could constitute the new basis for cooperation.
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||Exterior view of the REP, Strasbourg
||Delegation arrival , handshake
||Martin SCHULZ, EP President welcoming Hansjörg WALTER, President of the National Council of Switzerland and Hans ALTHERR, President of the Council of States of Switzerland,
||Views during the meeting (9 shots)