SCH/Com-ex (97) 39 Rev 15.12.1997 | Guidelines for evidence and evidence in the context of readmission agreements between Schengen states | 26.10.2004 Signing of agreements (under bilateral agreements II) The current trade relationship between Switzerland and the EU is based on an important agreement (1 Switzerland concludes an agreement with the Kingdom of Denmark on the creation of rights and obligations between Denmark and Switzerland with regard to Article 2, in accordance with Article IV of the Treaty establishing the European Community; the protocol on Denmark`s position, annexed to the Treaty on the European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community through the Treaty of Amsterdam, therefore applies to these provisions. The Swiss federal government has recently undergone several major political reversals, but specific agreements with the EU on the free movement of workers and the sectors of tax evasion have been dealt with within the Swiss banking system. This was the result of the first Ue-Switzerland summit in May 2004, during which nine bilateral agreements were signed. Romano Prodi, former president of the European Commission, said the agreements had "brought Switzerland closer to Europe." Joseph Deiss of the Federal Council said: "We may not be at the centre of Europe, but we are definitely at the heart of Europe." He continued: "We are entering a new era of relations between our two entities."  CONSIDERING that it is necessary to ensure that the States with which the European Union has established an association for the purposes of transpo transposition, application and development of the Schengen acquis also apply this achievement in their mutual relations; Many differences of opinion on the details are important: bilateral agreements I are expressed as dependent on each other. If one of them is pointed at or not renewed, they no longer apply to all of them. According to the preamble to the EU`s decision to ratify the agreements: bilateral agreements allow Switzerland to cooperate closely with the European Union. By concluding specific contractual agreements, both Switzerland and the EU have access to the market and cooperate on key issues: Switzerland is a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and has participated in the negotiations of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement with the European Union. It signed the agreement on 2 May 1992 and applied for EU membership on 20 May 1992. However, following a Swiss referendum held on 6 December 1992, which rejected EEA membership from 50.3% to 49.7%, the Swiss government decided to suspend EU accession negotiations until further notice.
These have not been taken up and, in 2016, Switzerland officially withdrew its application for EU membership.   Switzerland participated in the negotiations of the EEA agreement with the EU and signed it on 2 May 1992 and applied for EU membership on 20 May 1992. In a Swiss referendum on 6 December 1992, membership of the EEA was rejected. Subsequently, the Swiss government suspended EU accession negotiations until further notice.