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Scope of the EEA

The EEA goes beyond traditional free trade agreements (FTAs) by extending the full rights and obligations of the EU's internal market to the EFTA countries (with the exception of Switzerland). The EEA incorporates the four freedoms of the internal market (free movement of goods, people, services and capital) and related policies (competition, transport, energy, and economic and monetary cooperation). The agreement includes horizontal policies strictly related to the four freedoms: social policies (including health and safety at work, labour law and the equal treatment of men and women); policies on consumer protection, the environment, statistics and company law; and a number of flanking policies, such as those relating to research and technological development, which are not based on the EU acquis or legally binding acts, but are implemented through cooperation activities.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 10:33:25 AM EST
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Not the EEA. Switzerland isn't in it. Everywhere you see "the EEA and Switzerland". No freedom of movement.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 01:55:35 PM EST
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No Freedom of movement between the EU and Switzerland? I beg to differ. Whatever the fine print, effective free movement exists. May couldn't sign up to what Switzerland applies.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 02:23:07 PM EST
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But customs controls do exist - I've seen them several times in the train.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 02:39:38 PM EST
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I've seen Swiss citizens stop at the motorway customs booth, declare the six bottles of wine they bought in France, and pay 1 franc duty on each bottle.

I'm sure we can rely on the Irish to do the same...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 04:43:33 PM EST
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While this remark is funny, until BREXIT, it was customary (ha ha) for gov'ts to establish de minimis value of goods declared exempt from duty collection. Even arriving by passenger plane.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 05:15:41 PM EST
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I mean Switzerland is not in the EEA and thus the EU is forced to use language such as "the EEA and Switzerland" all over the place. For instance, when talking about free movement in the single market.

The UK would have no freedom of movement.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 06:18:21 PM EST
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The title of the publication I linked:

The European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland and the North

The European Economic Area (EEA) was set up in 1994 to extend the EU's provisions on its internal market to the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) countries. Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are parties to the EEA. Switzerland is a member of EFTA but does not take part in the EEA.  The EU and EEA partners (Norway and Iceland) are also linked by various `northern policies' and forums which focus on the rapidly evolving northern reaches of Europe and the Arctic region as a whole.

Switzerland  

As an EFTA member, Switzerland took part in the negotiations for the EEA Agreement and signed the agreement on 2 May 1992. Immediately after that, the Swiss Government submitted an application for accession to the EU on 22 May 1992. However, following a referendum held on 6 December 1992 that yielded a vote against participating in the EEA, the Swiss Federal Council stopped pursuing the country's EU and EEA membership. Since then, Switzerland has developed its relations with the EU through bilateral agreements in order to safeguard its economic integration with the EU. Bilateral relations were severely strained following the February 2014 anti-immigration initiative [initiative approved by 50.3% to curb immigration - Oui], the outcome of which called into question the principles of free movement and the single market that underpin those relations. On 16 December 2016, the Swiss Parliament adopted the Law on Foreigners implementing the result of the 2014 referendum in a manner that limited its effect, which paved the way for the beginning of the normalisation of EU-Swiss relations. The law gives priority to Swiss residents in job recruitment in the sectors with above-average unemployment rates. The EU saw modifications to the Law on Foreigners as a step in the right direction and considered that this law could now be implemented in a way that would not restrict the rights of EU citizens under the free movement of persons.

Swiss Cabinet Opposes Move to Curb EU Immigration in Referendum | US News - Nov. 30, 2018 |

The Swiss government said it opposed curbing immigration from the European Union as proposed in a planned referendum because a yes vote could harm exports to the country's biggest trade partner. The 28-nation EU now insists its citizens be allowed to live and work freely in non-member Switzerland in exchange for enhanced Swiss access to the bloc's single market.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Jan 17th, 2019 at 02:55:18 PM EST
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