Parliament chambers narrow differences over wage dumping

The Swiss House of Representatives and the Senate are fast approaching agreement on some key accompanying measures to the bilateral accords signed by Switzerland and the European Union earlier this year.

This content was published on September 23, 1999 - 17:04

The Swiss House of Representatives and the Senate are fast approaching agreement on some key accompanying measures to the bilateral accords signed by Switzerland and the European Union earlier this year.

The sensitive political and economic accords were signed in June but still have to be ratified by the Swiss parliament as well as those of all 15 EU member states.

The accords define economic and technological cooperation, public procurement, mutual acceptance of diplomas and licences, agricultural trade, aviation issues, road and rail traffic and the free movement of people.

Transalpine road traffic and the free movement of people have been the two most controversial points in the Swiss parliament.

Both chambers of parliament have now come close to agreeing on the measures that should avoid wage dumping -- a phenomenon which some say will be a real threat if the free movement of people clause is implemented.

From staff and wire reports.


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