Sunday, July 02, 2006

Europe Report 2006 [CH]

The Swiss Government has published its impatiently expected Europabericht 2006, an update to a similar analysis of the complex relations between Switzerland and the EU done last in 1999.

The Report mentions the Pensions Directive in several instances as a business opportunity not currently available to Swiss providers, or as a substantive vector for change in the non-mandatory segment of the second pillar in case it became applicable. In other parts of the report, the Directive is seen as related to a possible future Services Agreement, the negotiation of which has been adjourned in 2003. This policy stance evidently is detrimental to the interests of the Swiss pensions industry and therefore requires adjustments in several respects.

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