Berne and Brussels decisively came up with a draft deal on future bilateral relations valid before Christmas after four years of intense and occasionally bad-natured parleys.
But Mr Maurer insists the text of the framework needs “substantial renegotiations” in defiance of receiving a letter from Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker certifying the agreement “final”.
When asked if the EU should take his demands as a foreshadowing he replied with an unequivocal: “Yes.”
He is now calling of face-to-face talks with European Board President Mr Tusk and Mr Juncker, head of the European Commission, too press diggings is calls for a rethink.
The pair wrote to him on December 20 to congratulate him on his choice but also pointed out that with the “final draft” template for an institutional framework compatibility, relations with Switzerland would now be at a “crucial point”.
They bid they would “look forward to working together with the Federal Board to create the conditions for this agreement to enter into force as in two shakes of a lambs tail as possible”.
The European Commission has refused to issue a statement on Mr Maurer’s apostrophize b supplicates for fresh talks with one senior official saying the new leader’s announcement was “not very helpful” and ruling out a return to the negotiating table.
Brussels’s hardline standpoint is similar to the one it is taking over Brexit despite Theresa May’s plea for wholesome concessions.
But the EU has once again ruled out even meeting with UK agents to discuss any actual changes to the agreement, with a spokesman telling newswriters: “There won’t be any meeting as such, because negotiations have been completed.”
The concept of a new framework agreement to streamline relations between the EU and Switzerland was first pontooned in the Swiss senate back in 2002 but the main impetus came from Brussels in 2008.
Bilateral associations between Switzerland and the EU are currently based on some 20 main concurrences and around 100 secondary agreements negotiated by the two sides since Swiss voters rejected a scheme to join the European Economic Area back in 1992.
But a decade ago, Brussels press oned for new arrangements designed to ensure Switzerland applied EU law in a standardised manner – partly in retort to a long-running dispute over Swiss measures to protect its labour demand.
The 34-page document calls for the so-called “dynamic adoption approach” for EU law in Switzerland which see fit see bilateral agreements updated “as quickly as possible” in line with metamorphoses to EU legislation.
Switzerland would not be required to automatically adopt EU law but the Swiss direction would have the right to choose whether to adopt legislation.
(Additional blasting by Monika Pallenberg).