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Official Title Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on trade in agricultural products
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Luxembourg
Date of Signature 21/06/1999
Date of Entry Into Force 01/06/2002
Duration Indefinite
Agreement Suspension Justification
Objective of Agreement
To eliminate barriers to trade and to strengthen the free-trade relations between the Parties by improving the access of each to the market in agricultural products of the other.
"Agricultural products" means the products listed in Chapters 1 to 24 of the International Convention on the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System. For the purposes of applying Annexes 1, 2 and 3 to this Agreement, the products falling under Chapter 3 and headings 16.04 and 16.05 of the Harmonised System and the products covered by CN codes 0511 91 10, 0511 91 90, 1902 20 10 and 2301 20 00 shall be excluded. This Agreement shall not apply to the subjects covered by Protocol 2 to the Free Trade Agreement, with the exception of the relevant concessions granted in Annexes 1 and 2 hereto. It contains a future developments clause (Article 13) to signify the desire for greater liberalisation. Several working groups are set up under the Joint Committee. 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.
See Council Decision of 11/03/2014 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the section 'View Other Relevant Treaty Information'.
OJ Reference L114, 30/04/2002, p. 132
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 Trade
Western Europe
Entry into force conditions Article 17 Agreement
Evolutionary Article 13 Agreement
Settlement of disputes Article 7 Agreement
Territorial application Article 16 Agreement
Management Joint committee of agriculture (Article 6)
Conclusion Date 17/04/2002
Ratification Status NOT
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
Reserves A declaration of EU competence exists for this treaty. To consult the text click on "to load all the summary data of the treaty".
Competence Exclusive
Financial Provision of Agreement
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 310
General Comments

Last Update :   20/03/2014