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Switzerland’s 1.3 billion franc payment to EU proves divisive

 

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Switzerland’s deal with the EU involves a financial contribution. The sum announced by the Federal Council is CHF 1.3 billion over the next 10 years.The arrangement, announced on Thursday to coincide with a visit by european commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, extends a previous 10 year deal.

Not everyone is happy with the deal. Some, such as the Swiss People’s Party (UDC/SVP) think it is scandalous describing it as a 1.3 billion franc gift at the expense of taxpayers, an early Christmas present to gain favour with Jean-Claude Juncker. Céline Amaudruz said “We give 1.3 billion francs for nothing in return, without negotiating, it’s insane.”

Others, such as Roger Nordmann, a member of the Socialist Party, think it is in Switzerland’s best interests. He points out that it is CHF 130 million a year, and that “We should remember the billion francs moving between Switzerland and the EU everyday.”

The PLR/FDP thinks it’s a chance to do a stock take. It thinks it should be an opportunity to discuss and normalise bilateral relations and resolve political issues between Switzerland and the EU. It thinks Switzerland should be getting something in return.

 

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