The Swiss-EU Institutional Agreement: An EEA Light? (2/2)

Darius Farman – An analysis of the Institutional Agreement shows how Switzerland negotiated a radically different institutional setup to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Agreement. Instead of autonomous institutions common to these three countries (the "two-pillar system"), the Swiss–EU agreement foresees virtually no supranational or multilateral institutions. This comes however at a price, with a bigger role for EU institutions such as the […]

The Swiss-EU Institutional Agreement: An EEA Light? (1/2)

Darius Farman – On a cold Sunday of December 1992, the Swiss citizens took part in one of the most polarizing and tightest votes in the history of Swiss direct democracy. Asked whether their country should join the European Economic Area (EEA), Swiss citizens decided by a tiny margin to stay out of it. Today, the debates surrounding the controversial Swiss–EU institutional agreement echo those on […]