Following the rejection of EEA membership in 1992, Switzerland and the EU agreed on a set of seven sectoral agreements signed in 1999 (called « 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. IiA Mapping Project The IIA Mapping Project is a cooperative initiative between UNCTAD and universities around the world to represent the content of II A. The resulting database serves as a tool to understand trends in CEW development, assess the prevalence of different policy approaches, and identify examples of contracts. The Mapping of IIA Content allows you to browse the results of the project (the page will be regularly updated as new results become available). Please quote as: UNCTAD, Mapping of IIA Content, available at investmentpolicy.unctad.org/international-investment-agreements/iia-mapping More information: Mapping Project Description – Methodology document The IIA browser is constantly adapted as a result of verification and comments from UN Member States. It is based mainly on information provided by governments on a voluntary basis. A contract is entered into a country`s IGE census after its formal conclusion; Contracts that have been negotiated but have not been signed are not counted. A contract is excluded from the IGE census as soon as its termination comes into force, whether or not it may continue to have legal effects on certain investments during its « survival » period (« sunset »). If the contract is replaced, only one of the contracts between the same parties is accounted for.
Depending on the situation, the contract counted may be « old » if it remains in force until the newly concluded AI is ratified. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the content, UNCTAD assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in this data. The information and texts contained in the database have a purely informative purpose and have no official or legal status. If there is any doubt about the contents of the database, it is recommended that you contact the relevant ministry or states concerned. Users are encouraged to report agreements, errors or omissions via the online contact form. Switzerland is a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and has participated in the negotiations of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement with the European Union. It signed the agreement on 2 May 1992 and applied for EU membership on 20 May 1992. However, following a Swiss referendum held on 6 December 1992, which rejected EEA membership from 50.3% to 49.7%, the Swiss government decided to suspend EU accession negotiations until further notice. These have not been taken up and, in 2016, Switzerland officially withdrew its application for EU membership.
  In the area of foreign and security policy, Switzerland and the EU do not have comprehensive 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.