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39th EU-Switzerland IPM, 9 October 2020 (remotely through Webex)

Swiss MPs, MEP Schwab and Mr Sannino (EEAS) during the 39th EU-Switzerland IPM, held remotely on 9 October 2020 Swiss MPs, MEP Schwab and Mr Sannino (EEAS) during the 39th EU-Switzerland IPM, held remotely on 9 October 2020
39th EU-Switzerland Inter-parliamentary Meeting, held remotely on 9 October 2020 © European Union (2020) - European Parliament

The delegations responsible for EU-Switzerland relations in the European Parliament and the Swiss Federal Assembly met remotely for their 39th Inter-parliamentary meeting.

The meeting was co-chaired by MEP Andreas Schwab (EPP, DE) and Swiss National Council member Eric Nussbaumer (SP).

The discussions focused on the results of the popular vote on the initiative to terminate the free movement of people with the EU, EU-Switzerland bilateral relations and the Institutional Framework Agreement, cooperation in connection with COVID-19 and Switzerland's participation in EU programmes.

After the meeting, the Chairs held an on-line press point where they highlighted the main conclusions of the meeting and, in their view, the way forward.

38th EU-Switzerland IPM, 27-28 November 2019, Strasbourg

Podium of the meeting
38th EU-Switzerland IPM, 27-28 Nov. 2019, Strasbourg © European Union 2019 - EP/G. Engel
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Chairmen of the EP and of the Swiss delegations
38th EU-Switzerland IPM, 27-28 Nov. 2019, Strasbourg © European Union 2019 - EP/ G. Engel
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Meeting room view of the 38th EU-Switzerland IPM, 27-28 Nov. 2019, Strasbourg
38th EU-Switzerland IPM, 27-28 Nov. 2019, Strasbourg © European Union 2019 - EP / G. Engel
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The 38th EU-Switzerland Interparliamentary meeting took place on 27-28 November 2019 in Strasbourg.

Talks focused mainly on the EU-Switzerland relations and the institutional framework agreement; the consequences of Brexit; trade; cooperation on migration, focused on the current situation in the Mediterranean/Southern Europe, the EU's measures in this context and Switzerland's involvement and the reform of the Dublin system; and foreign policies, notably in relation to Turkey and the West Balkans.

Both sides underlined their wish to break the current stalemate surrounding the Institutional Framework Agreement. The Chairs of the two delegations issued a joint declaration calling on the Swiss Federal Council and the European Commission to swiftly clarify any pending issues with the aim of adopting the Agreement as soon as possible. The declaration was co-signed by several other members of these delegations.

A summary of inter-parliamentary meetings held during the European Parliament's 8th term (2014-2019) can be found in the delegation's archives.