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Parliamentary questions
3 March 2014
E-002403-14
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Rareş-Lucian Niculescu (PPE)

 Subject:  Consequences of the referendum on restricting immigration into Switzerland
 Answer(s) 

The Swiss recently voted in a referendum to limit access to the job market in their country for citizens of EU Member States. The Swiss Government intends to table a draft act at the end of this year which will implement the clauses in that referendum.

The same situation could arise in Norway, which has ties with the European Union through membership of the European Economic Area and the Schengen Area. The representatives of one of the parties in the governing coalition there have recently requested that a similar referendum be held on the issue of immigration, following the poll in Switzerland.

Can the Commission state, in view of the outcome of the referendum in Switzerland and its implications:
1. what measures it will take to ensure there is no discrimination between citizens of EU Member States, especially when it comes to employment?
2. how it views the possibility of a similar referendum being held in Norway?
Original language of question: ROOJ C 320, 17/09/2014
Last updated: 21 March 2014Legal notice