NOMES: Let’s sign and discuss Switzerland’s European future now!
The New European Movement Switzerland (Nomes) welcomes the Federal Council’s position in favour of an institutional agreement and notes with satisfaction the government’s support for preserving the free movement of persons with the European Union. However, the Nomes reminds us that the time for delay is over: the institutional agreement must be signed and the debate on Switzerland’s European future reopened.
The Nomes welcomes the Federal Council’s position in favour of an institutional agreement with the European Union and supports the clarification of outstanding issues. Renegotiating is an illusion and hoping to obtain greater concessions from the EU in a few years’ time.
The Nomes also notes with satisfaction the importance given by the Federal Council to preserving the free movement of persons with the EU. This acquis is directly challenged by the so-called “limitation” initiative, which aims to put an end to it. Such a break would be disastrous for Switzerland, both economically and socially, because it would simply put an end to bilateral agreements. The Nomes will do everything in its power to ensure that this text fails at the polls.
Therefore, convinced of the need to continue on the path of European integration, the Nomes:
- reiterates its call on the Federal Council to assume its responsibilities and sign the institutional agreement, after obtaining the desired clarifications, by the end of the term of office of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. The time for dithering is over.
- is committed not to let the supporters of isolation and nationalism dictate, once again, the agenda of our country’s European policy. Hoping to settle the issue of relations between Switzerland and the EU once and for all after the vote on the so-called “limitation” initiative is naïve and irresponsible.
- calls for the debate on EU membership to be reopened in a constructive and unabashed manner by reclassifying it from a simple option to a credible alternative within the framework of Switzerland’s foreign policy strategy.
Please find the full statement here.