EEAS-Switzerland press briefing: extracts from the press briefing by David O'SULLIVAN, EEAS COO, and Yves ROSSIER, Secretary of State at the Swiss Foreign Ministry
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EEAS building
End production: 20/02/2014 First transmission: 20/02/2014
On 20 February a press point held by EEAS Chief Operating Officer Mr David O'Sullivan and the State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Switzerland to explain how the relations between Europe and Swizerland are going to follow after the referendum.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) by Yves Rossier, Secretary of State at the Swiss Foreign Ministry: We respect the Swiss democracy, the will of the Swiss people. We take note of what has been decided. But it is clear that on the European Union side the free movement of people is a very important value, there may be as important value as direct democracy is in Switzerland. Now we have to see how to reconcile the different elements of several complex dossiers that are on the table.
||SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) Yves Rossier: Until the law is not put in place nothing will change, or for European citizens neither for European businesses. Switzerland is linked to the European Union through all the agreements we have, including the free movement of persons, until the problem is resolved.
||SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) by Yves Rossier: A very important point for us is the dialogue and transparency with the services of the European Commission on any measures to be prepared. The importance of this dialogue is essential so nobody will have bad surprises.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH)) by David O'Sullivan, EEAS COO: The immediate impact is on the free movement of persons which is a very important part of our relationship but of course this is also linked with other agreements that we have and potentially this could unravel quite a lot of agreements which give benefits to Switzerland and the European Union and we will have to discuss how in this context of free movement of person the situation can be managed.
||General view of the audience
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH)) by David O'Sullivan: I think we can not allow what is happening now to interrupt I continue the dialogue between Switzerland and the European Union on how we take forwards our relationship. Of course at some point we will have to see how all this came together in a satisfactory way for both sides. But we would also wish to resume the discussions on institutional matter and other files that are pending and so we can see how we can take forward our relations.