Free movement of persons – functioning and current state of play

The agreement on the free movement of persons enables citizens from Switzerland and the EU member states to freely choose their place of work and place of domicile within the territories of the contracting parties

Package approach

The package approach comprises a number of thematic elements, including new agreements and institutional solutions.

Research – a fruitful cooperation

Fruitful cooperation exists between Switzerland and the EU in the field of scientific research: Further information at

Schengen/Dublin – a common border

The Schengen Association Agreement facilitates travel between Switzerland and the EU by eliminating identity controls at the internal borders of the Schengen Area

Economy and trade – an essential partnership

The EU accounts for over half of Swiss exports and two-thirds of Swiss imports – economic relations are vitally important

The United Kingdom's exit from the European Union (Brexit) and the Federal Council's 'Mind the gap' strategy

In a referendum held by the British government in 2016, 51.9% of British voters voted in favour of leaving the EU. Because relations between Switzerland and the EU are largely covered by the bilateral agreements concluded between Switzerland and the EU, Brexit also has consequences for Switzerland.