Foreign trade: European policy

More than 72 percent of Switzerland’s exports of textiles and clothing go to destinations in the EU, and more than 74 percent of imported primary and finished textile products originate from the EU. Furthermore, Switzerland’s textiles and clothing industry employs almost 30,000 people within the EU and primarily recruits highly-qualified personnel.  


Swiss Textiles is calling for the bilateral path to be secured and further developed. It is especially important to ensure that, in the areas of goods transport, technical trade barriers, public procurement and free movement of persons, the same conditions apply to Swiss companies as to their competitors in the EU. It is essential to secure these bilateral agreements, and in view of their increasing complexity to also further develop them. With respect to the adoption of EU law, Switzerland’s European policy needs to be flexible and selective in order to ensure that the country’s global competitive capacity is not negatively influenced. Ongoing political issues therefore have to be approached with this situation in mind, and tightening of the eased regulations in the areas cited above, in particular market access and free movement of persons, has to be rejected.