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Summary of Treaty

Official Title Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on mutual recognition in relation to conformity assessment
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Luxembourg
Date of Signature 21/06/1999
Date of Entry Into Force 01/06/2002
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement To grant mutual acceptance of reports, certificates, authorisations and conformity marks issued by the bodies listed in Annex 1 and of the manufacturer's declarations of conformity certifying conformity to the requirements of the other Party in the areas covered by Article 3.
Remarks Following rejection of the EEA Agreement in a referendum, the only way of mitigating the impact of the no vote involves 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. They each 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 eliminate barriers to trade and to strengthen the free-trade relations between the parties by improving the access of each to the market of the other.
OJ Reference L114, 30/04/2002, p. 369
Depositary Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Atomic Energy Community, European Community, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Authentic Texts Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters Trade
Western Europe
Entry into force conditions Article 21 Agreement
Management Joint Committee
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 :   11/08/2009