Free movement of persons: Expiring safeguard clause

The safeguard clause for citizens from the EU-25 member countries will expire as scheduled

The Federal Council decided to invoke the safeguard clause in 2012 and introduced quotas for nationals of EU-8* member States. In June 2013 he introduced quotas for nationals of the "old" EU -17** member States too. These restrictions will now expire as scheduled for the citizens of the EU-8 Member States on 30 April 2014 respectively for the EU -17 Member States on 31 May 2014.

For nationals of the above mentioned EU-member countries the full freedom of movement for persons will apply on the mentioned dates, as long as they take of a job in Switzerland or have as a non-employed sufficient funds for their maintenance. For citizens of Romania and Bulgaria, which joined the EU later, transitional periods continue to be applied. The Federal Council will decide until the end of May 2014 on a further extension of this period: Media information (in German, French or Italian).

System change decided by the citizens

On 9 February 2014 the Swiss population voted for a system change in immigration policy in Switzerland. The Federal Council will draw up a proposal on the implementation of the new constitutional provisions in June. By the end of the year a bill for the consultation will be presented. Until the enactment of the relevant legislation on im-plementation, the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons between the EU and Switzerland continues to be applied.

*EU-8: comprises Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

**EU-17:comprises Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

For further information:
- Implementing the new constitutional provisions on immigration.
- EU/EFTA Citizens: Living and Working in Switzerland
- Beziehungen EU-Schweiz.