EU Requests Swiss to cooperate more on Sanctions
On 28 February 2017, the EU published the conclusions on its relationship with the Swiss Confederation.
In accordance with its conclusions of 16 December 2014, the Council has assessed the overall state of EU relations with the Swiss Confederation. The Council will reassess the state of these relations, as well as those with the other Western European countries that are not members of the EU, by the end of 2018, as appropriate.
The Council appreciates the continued cooperation between the EU and Switzerland in the area of CFSP, in particular the positive participation of Switzerland in CSDP missions and its close cooperation in the areas of humanitarian aid and civil protection, and looks forward to enhancing the existing cooperation.
The Council welcomes the recent conclusion of two agreements on the participation of Switzerland in the EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine and in the EU CSDP mission in Mali (EUCAP Sahel Mali).
Furthermore, the Council notes Switzerland’s voluntary alignment to restrictive measures of the EU on a case-by-case basis. The Council encourages Switzerland to remain close and consistent in the application of the restrictive measures including preventing their circumvention.
The Council invites Switzerland to maintain and further improve its alignment with the EU’s restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and in view of Russia’s actions destabilizing the situation in Ukraine.