What is the ‘Swiss model’?

Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but it has negotiated many agreements with it, ranging from selective access to the  single market to participation in research and education programs and EU policies on borders (Schengen) and asylum (Dublin). To obtain these agreements, Switzerland has to accept package deals from the EU, including elements of legislation it was opposed to. The agreements have to be constantly updated to reflect changes in EU law, and every bill presented to the Swiss federal parliament is examined with regard to its compatibility with EU law.

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