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Summary of Treaty


GENERAL DATA
Official Title Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on the Carriage of Goods and Passengers by Rail and Road
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Luxembourg
Date of Signature 21/06/1999
Date of Entry Into Force 01/06/2002
Duration Definite
Objective of Agreement This Agreement between the Community and Switzerland is aimed, on the one hand, at liberalising access by the Contracting Parties to each other's transport market for the carriage of passengers and goods by road and rail in such a way as to ensure the more efficient management of traffic using routes which, from a technical, geographical and economic viewpoint, are most suitable for all the modes of transport covered by the Agreement and, on the other, at laying the basis for a coordinated transport policy.
Remarks Following rejection of the EEA Agreement in a referendum, the only way of mitigating the impact of the no vote was the conclusion of bilateral agreements. Seven sectoral agreements were adopted simultaneously guaranteeing a package of mutual interest based on a sound balance of advantages for both sides. To protect against the elimination of any of the seven agreements by referendum, they were adopted by the “Package approach”. Each one of them contain a common clause stipulating simultaneous entry into force and application in their entirety. All seven agreements cease to apply in the event of non-renewal following the initial 7-year period or termination.

The aim of this Agreement is to lay down the basis for a coordinated transport policy and the same conditions of access to the occupation of road haulage operator, while respecting the principles of non-discrimination, reciprocity and free choice of operator. The Agreement is also aimed at liberalising access by the contracting parties to each other's transport market for the carriage of passengers and goods by road and rail in such a way as to ensure the more efficient management of traffic using routes which, from a technical, geographical and economic viewpoint, are most suitable for terrestrial modes of transport.

The Joint Committee known as the "Community/Switzerland Inland Transport Committee” will carry out the duties of the former "Community/Switzerland Inland Transport Committee” set up under Article 18 of the 1992 Agreement between the European Economic Community and the Swiss Confederation on the carriage of goods by road and rail (OJ L 373, pp. 28-46, 21/12/1992).
OJ Reference L114, 30/04/2002, p. 91
Nature of Agreement Transport agreement
Depositary Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Atomic Energy Community, European Community, Switzerland
Authentic Texts Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters EC agreement
Switzerland
Transport
carriage of goods
carriage of passengers
market access
rail transport
road transport
Clause(s)
Entry into force conditions Article 58 Agreement
Settlement of disputes Article 54 Agreement
Territorial application Article 57 Agreement
Management Joint committee named “Committee of the inland transports Community/Switzerland.
EU PARTICIPATION
Conclusion Decision Decision of the Council and of the Commission concerning the scientific and technological cooperation Agreement of 4 April 2002 relating to the conclusion of seven agreements with the Swiss Confederation; OJ L114 of 30/04/2002, p.1
Competence Exclusive
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 310



Last Update :   29/08/2007