The UK may, like Switzerland, have to accept limited influence in EU energy policy post Brexit, Jean-Christophe Füeg, head of international energy affairs at the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), told British parliamentarians last week. SFOE is part of Switzerland’s Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. Switzerland is not and has never been a Member of the EU, but the country has a “very special relationship” with the bloc in energy matters. Füeg has been leading Switzerland’s lengthy negotiations on an energy agreement with the EU for a couple of years. The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee took evidence from Ambassador Füeg on 18 October as part of its inquiry Brexit and Energy Security. The committee said it aimed during the session to explore the advantages and disadvantages of Switzerland’s energy relationship with the EU; the key areas of dispute in negotiations to deepen that relationship; and how Switzerland influences EU energy policy.
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