|Type of Agreement |
|Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on cooperation in the field of statistics |
|Place of Signature|
|Date of Signature|
|Date of Entry Into Force|
|Objective of Agreement|
|To improve the cooperation between the Community and Switzerland in the field of statistics and, to that end, to define through this Agreement the principles and conditions governing that cooperation.|
|Following the negative EEA referendum Switzerland has suggested developing relations with the European Union on a basis of sectoral bilateral agreements. This included an agreement on statistical cooperation. At the occasion of the signature of seven bilateral agreements between the European Community and Switzerland on 21 June 1999 both parties declared jointly their intention to undertake negotiations with view to conclude an agreement on the Swiss participation in certain statistical programmes of the Community.
This agreement is in the interests of both parties. From the EU point of view, Switzerland already could be said to be participating in many aspects of the Community Statistical Programme (attendance at certain technical meetings, publication of data on Switzerland in EU publications, etc.) without making a financial contribution. Under this agreement, relations would be formalised. Switzerland would gain participation in the European Statistical System and adopt a large proportion of the statistical acquis communautaire. The cost of participation being proposed exceeds the cost that Switzerland would have paid under the EEA; the benefits to Switzerland would be marginally less that those afforded to EEA-EFTA countries.
Whilst Switzerland would be permitted to participate in the Community Statistical Programme, no Swiss participants would be eligible for Community financing. Thus it was not necessary to include in the agreement provisions on financial control.
|Parties to the Agreement|
748-Economic and Monetary Affairs
Joint Committee (Article 3)