As a small economy, Switzerland is dependent on good market access to the EU, especially since more than half (around 52%) of pharmaceutical exports go to European countries. Bilateral Agreements I made market access substantially easier thanks to the dismantling of technical trade barriers. The agreement on the freedom of movement for people is also key, because the recruitment of qualified specialists at every level not only in the EU, but also globally, is crucial for many industries, and especially for the research-based pharmaceutical industry. The workforce potential in this field is too small in Switzerland alone.
PRESERVE BILATERAL AGREEMENTS
Switzerland and the EU have been in negotiations on institutional issues since 2014. Interpharma supports the efforts of the Federal Council to strengthen bilateral relations between Switzerland and the EU and to develop them further. It is in the interest of Switzerland’s economy to guarantee access to the country’s most important market and to reinforce legal certainty. Interpharma is prepared to continue engaging constructively in discussions around bilateral relations..
EU opinion poll – feeling the electorate’s pulse
In parallel with these efforts, Interpharma seeks to feel the pulse of the general public on relations between Switzerland and the EU and to increase awareness of the importance of good relations with our European neighbours. With this in mind, Interpharma again commissioned the research institute gfs.bern in 2018 for the fifth time to conduct a representative opinion poll on the relations of Switzerland with the EU. The media gave prominent coverage of the results in April.
In collaboration with cantonal chambers of commerce and other partners, Interpharma also continued with its roadshow and, as a contribution to the economiesuisse platform stark+vernetzt, organized various regional public events and engaged in dialogue with stakeholders. These very well-attended events showed how the interplay between local and global companies works and what framework conditions are needed to ensure the future success of the local economy. Since Swiss companies export a large proportion of their goods and the EU is Switzerland’s biggest export region by far, the bilateral agreements are essential.