Accident insurance: Sectoral agreements with the EU

On 1 June 2002, the Agreement with the EU on the Free Movement of Persons entered into force. In its Annex II, the agreement contains provisions on the coordination of social security systems between Switzerland and the EU Member States.

The goal of the coordination provisions is to ensure that someone moving to another country to live or work will not be disadvantaged because of it. They are based on the coordination provisions applicable within the EU, namely Regulation (EC) No. 883/2004 (similar to a social security convention) and Regulation (EC) No. 987/2009 (Implementation Provisions).

Based on the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons between Switzerland and the EU, as from 1 April 2012 the provisions of Regulation (EC) No. 883/2004 and its implementation regulation, Regulation (EC) No. 987/2009, are applicable in the relationship to EU Member States. These regulations control the coordination of social security systems within Europe.

As from 1 January 2016, the 3rd update of the social security regulations in the EFTA Agreement (Appendix 2 of Annex K) took place. Since then, Regulations (EC) No. 883/2004 and (EC) No. 987/2009 have been applicable in the relationships between Switzerland and the EFTA Member States (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland) as well.

Regulations (EEC) No. 1408/71 and No. 574/72 are applicable only in certain cases anymore (cf. Transitional Provisions of Regulations (EC) No. 883/2004 and No. 987/2009).

The links to the acts and the documents can be found on this page under ‘Legislation â€™:

  • Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons
  • Regulation (EC) No. 883/2004
  • Regulation (EC) No. 987/2009
  • EFTA Agreement
  • Regulation (EEC) No. 1408/71
  • Regulation (EEC) No. 574/72

Last modification 05.07.2018

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