free movement of persons

Key data

  • Date of signing: 21 June 1999 (in the framework of Bilateral Agreements I)
  • Approval by the electorate: 21 May 2000 (67.2 % in favour)
  • Date effective: 1 June 2002
  • Signing of FMP Protocol I (for countries that joined the EU in 2004): 26 October 2004
  • Approval of Protocol I by the electorate: 25 September 2005 (56 % in favour)
  • Entry into effect of Protocol I: 1 April 2006
  • Signing of the FMP Protocol II (extension to Bulgaria and Romania): 27 May 2008
  • Approval by Parliament of continuation of the Agreement and of Protocol II: 13 June 2008.
  • Approval by the electorate: 8 February 2009 (59.6% in favour).
  • Entry into effect of Protocol II: 1 June 2009
  • End of labour market restrictions vis-√†-vis the EU-8: 1 May 2011
  • Invocation, on 18 April 2012, of the safeguard clause for the EU-8 member states
  • Invocation of the safeguard clause for the EU-8 member states extended for one further year: 24 April 2013
  • Invocation of the safeguard clause for the other 17 EU member states for one year: 24 April 2013
  • Adoption of the popular initiative “Against mass immigration”: 9 February 2014

For more information see source: http://www.europa.admin.ch/themen/00500/00506/00519/index.html?lang=en

Full Agreement Text