Minister defends Switzerland’s mixed EU signals

6th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

Switzerland’s signature on Friday of a treaty extending the free movement of people to Croatia is a sign of good faith in the European project, according to Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter. This, despite a parallel blueprint for implementing immigration quotas. “We are simply saying to the EU that with a bit of pragmatism and imagination, problems can be solved in steps. The signature of the protocol is one that brings us closer to the goal of better management of migration to Switzerland, while also preserving and developing the bilateral approach,” the minister said in interviews with the newspapers, Le Matin Dimanche and the NZZ am Sonntag. Burkhalter added: “We are interested in continuing to contribute to the future of the European continent. I'm thinking notably about the Horizon 2020 research programme, which is good for both parties.”


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