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Agreement on mobility of service suppliers between Switzerland and the UK

  • Switzerland

    07-01-2021

    Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK) signed the Services Mobility Agreement (SMA) on 14 December 2020. The agreement secures reciprocal, facilitated market access for service providers from Switzerland and the UK from 1 January 2021.

    The SMA regulates the mutual access and temporary stay of service suppliers from 1 January 2021. On that date, the Switzerland-EU agreement on the free movement of persons will no longer apply to the UK. The SMA is part of the Federal Council's "mind-the-gap" strategy following the UK's exit from the EU.

    The agreement provides that Switzerland will continue the notification procedure used to date for service suppliers from the UK for up to 90 days per year. The agreement thus allows Swiss businesses to continue to use short-term services from UK companies in a timely manner.

    The SMA is initially limited to two years. However, the contracting parties may jointly decide to extend the duration. The agreement will be applied provisionally from 1 January 2021. The dispatch approving the agreement will be submitted to Parliament by the end of June 2021.

    Click here to read our article on the Global Mobility Blog (in German).

     

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