Thu, May 23 2013
In the runup to a national referendum on February 8 about bilateral agreements on open labour markets between Switserland and the European Union, Swiss industrialists and employers federations on January 7 urged citizens to vote in favour of a continuation of the agreements, Association France Press was quoted as saying by Bulgarian news agency BTA.
Should the referendum accept a continuation of the bilateral agreements, the labour market in Switzerland would open to Bulgarian and Romanian workers as well, Bulgarian daily Dnevnik said.
Ending the bilateral agreements would have catestrophic consequencs for many companies and result in job losses, federations warned.
Ultra-nationalist Swiss People's Party had launched a campaign to end the bilateral agreements.
Construction federation Infra said there had not been a mass-immigration after the opening of the labour market for Eastern European countries. "We have no reason for fear if the agreement would be extended to Bulgaria and Romania," a spokesperson was quoted as saying by Dnevnik.
In the case of a rejection of the bilateral agreements in the referendum, Brussels was expected to invoke a so-called Guilotine clause, which would terminate all bilateral agreements between the EU and Switzerland, Dnevnik said.
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