In their meeting, the two ministers highlighted the “high quality of bilateral relations”, as the Federal Council reported in a press release. Over 100 treaties regulate bilateral relations between Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Every day, some 10,000 cross-border commuters travel from Switzerland to work in Liechtenstein, while nearly 1,800 go in the other direction to work in Switzerland.
A further major focus of the talks was the development of relations between Switzerland and Liechtenstein with the EU. Ministers Cassis and Frick talked about the situation following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Furthermore, they were in agreement that it was inappropriate for the two states to be monitored by the EU as they adapt their tax regulations to international standards, as both Switzerland and Lichtenstein had already stated their willingness to abolish tax regimes that do not comply with the international standards.
The two foreign ministers also spoke about the work under way in the UN. Switzerland and Liechtenstein are working towards the same goals in the UN, especially on human rights, international responsibilities and international jurisdiction. For example, the fact that the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression was activated last week was thanks to efforts by Switzerland and Liechtenstein.