Switzerland and the EU

A Challenging Relationship


Volume Editors: and
What makes the relationship between Switzerland and the EU so challenging? For both parties, mutual relations are of crucial importance, not least economically. As a result of the Swiss voters’ rejection of the European Economic Area 30 years ago, there is at present a large number of agreements that provide for Switzerland's partial participation in the EU's internal market as well as other matters. At the same time, there has now for more than a decade been an increasing degree of institutional and legal uncertainty. The present volume offers an inventory of different sides of this special relationship, which is interesting also in a comparative context.

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Marc Maresceau, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam (Ghent); visiting professor College of Europe, Bruges/Natolin; “Full fellowship” The Johns Hopkins University (Bologna); “Boursier de la Conféderation Suisse”; Founder and General Editor of Studies in EU External Relations (Brill)
Christa Tobler, Ph.D. (1988, Zurich), LLM (1994, Leiden), habilitation (2004, Basel), is Professor of European Law at the Universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Leiden (the Netherlands). Her publications focus in particular on EU non-discrimination law and EU-Swiss legal relations, seen in the broader context of EU association law.


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Notes on Contributors – Excluding the Editors, Marc Maresceau and Christa Tobler

Introduction Switzerland and the EU: A Challenging Relationship
  Marc Maresceau and Christa Tobler

1 The Policy of Autonomous Adaptation of Swiss Law to EU Law
  Matthias Oesch and Mattia Brugger

2 The Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons From the (Almost) Complete Integration of EU acquis on Social Security Coordination to the Absence of Integration of Directive 2004/38
  Pauline Melin

3 Sectoral Bilateralism Lessons from the Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union
  Peter Van Elsuwege

4 The Swiss Posted Workers Act and Free Movement of Services between Switzerland and the European Union
  Kurt Pärli

5  covid -19, Switzerland and the EU Pandemic-Related EU Action and Its Legal Effect on Switzerland as Compared to the eea efta  States
  Christa Tobler

6 Switzerland’s Structural Participation in EU Agencies
  Merijn Chamon

7 The Case-by-case Cooperation between the EU and Switzerland in Foreign Policy, Security and Defence
  Christophe Hillion

8 The Road to Tax Transparency in Switzerland
  Hans-Joachim Jaeger and Katharina Manz

9 A Comparison between the Swiss Cohesion Payments and the eea and Norway Grants
  Benedikt Pirker

10 The Shelved Institutional Agreement eu - ch from a Political Science Perspective
  René Schwok

11 Switzerland and the EU The Failure of the Institutional Agreement from a Legal Perspective
  Christine Kaddous

12 The Federal Council’s Suggested Sectoral Approach Post-26 May 2021 and the Future of EU-Swiss Trade Relations
  Michael Hahn

13 Switzerland-UK Trade Relations: A Future Planned by the Past? An Overview of the Trade Agreement between Switzerland and the United Kingdom and Related Agreements
  Georges Baur


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