In accordance with the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons between Switzerland and the EU, relations with EU Member States are governed by the provisions of Regulations (EC) No. 883/04 and (EC) No. 987/09 from 1st April 2012. Both regulations coordinate the various European social security systems.
Social security agreements
For EFTA countries, Regulations (EC) No. 883/2004 and No. 987/2009 apply as well.
The Regulation (EEC) no. 1408/71 and no. 574/72 apply only in certain cases (see transitional provisions of the regulation (EC) no 883/2004 and no. 987/2009).
Switzerland has concluded international social security agreements with 44 countries to date. The objectives of these agreements are: guaranteeing the equal treatment of citizens from the contracting States, the determination of the applicable legislation, and the payment of social security benefits abroad.
Information about agreements
Switzerland is a member of several international organisations working in the social field. Switzerland has also ratified some of the legal instruments, or "standard-setting conventions", developed by these organisations.
Standard-setting conventions, as the name suggests, set international standards. As a general rule, these conventions are not directly applicable. They are only binding for those countries which have ratified them.
Last modification 11.04.2016