In 2004, a series of sectoral agreements (known as “bilateral II”) were signed, including Switzerland`s participation in Schengen and Dublin, as well as agreements on the taxation of savings, processed agricultural products, statistics, anti-fraud, participation in the EU media programme and the Environment Agency. 2. This provision of this agreement should not be construed as preventing the parties from distinguishing, in the application of the relevant provisions of their tax legislation, subjects whose circumstances are not comparable, particularly with regard to their place of residence. 4. Any clause in a collective or individual agreement or other collective agreement relating to access to employment, employment, pay and other conditions of employment and dismissal is automatically annulled to the extent that it provides for or authorizes conditions that discriminate against foreign workers who are nationals of the contracting parties. There are currently more than 100 bilateral agreements between the EU and Switzerland. Many differences of opinion on the details are important: in foreign and security policy, Switzerland and the EU do not have cross-cutting agreements. But in its 2000 Security Report, the Federal Council announced the importance of contributing to stability and peace beyond Switzerland`s borders and building an international community of values. Switzerland then began cooperating on projects under the EU`s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

Switzerland has brought personnel or equipment to EU peacekeeping and security missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Macedonia and Aceh in Indonesia. In 2009, the Swiss voted in favour of extending the free movement of people to Bulgaria and Romania from 59.6% to 40.4%. [8] While the 2004/38/EC European Directive on the right of free movement and residence does not apply directly to Switzerland, the bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the EU on the free movement of persons has the same rights for both Swiss citizens and eee and their family members. [9] Following the rejection of EEA membership in 1992, Switzerland and the EU agreed on a set of seven sectoral agreements signed in 1999 (known as “bilateral I” in Switzerland). These include the free movement of people, technical barriers to trade, public procurement, agriculture and air and land transport. In addition, a scientific agreement on research has fully integrated Switzerland into the EU`s research framework programmes. The passport must be valid at least for all contracting parties and for the countries through which the holder must travel when travelling between them. If the passport is the only document on which the holder can legally leave the country, its validity cannot be less than five years. Switzerland`s economic and trade relations with the EU are mainly governed by a series of bilateral agreements in which Switzerland has agreed to adopt certain aspects of EU legislation in exchange for access to part of the EU internal market.