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Swiss bill makes progress

A committee of Switzerland’s upper house has approved a draft bill intended to find a compromise on immigration with the EU, which is needed to allow the country to secure associate membership of Horizon 2020.

The approval by the upper house committee means that a full house vote will go ahead next month as planned. Reuters reported that the draft legislation, which won a committee majority on 7 November, proposes that local people will be given preference in hiring processes—but that this will only apply to job sectors with high levels of unemployment.

“That means for everyone else there is full freedom of movement,” Philipp Mueller, a pro-business EDP party member and architect of the draft, is quoted as telling a news conference in Bern.

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