It’s not a cold shower, but not the hoped-for breakthrough either. After an hour and a half of discussion in Brussels, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the Confederation, Guy Parmelin, parted without major progress on the institutional framework agreement blocked for more than two years. As it had made known in recent days, the Commission once again said it was ready to be “flexible” on the three issues that annoy Switzerland, namely state aid, maintaining the level of wage protection. and European citizenship. But it is not prepared to “extract” these points from the draft framework agreement.
No new dynamic
If the tone has always remained very courteous, this summit meeting did not breathe new life into the bilateral relationship. Both parties have recognized this. “We cannot agree to remove parts of the agreement,” said Eric Mamer, spokesperson for the institution at the end of this visit. “But our door remains open to Swiss negotiators,” he added. Same story on the Swiss side. “Today’s discussions have not made it possible to make the expected progress,” said Guy Parmelin. Switzerland even made an official statement to clarify a criticism leveled against it by the EU. “In the talks at the technical level, Switzerland made concrete proposals on the three controversial points. And it made a major concession by accepting the dynamic resumption of European law. ”