BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — In June, the upper house of the Swiss parliament voted to invalidate the country's application to join the European Union. Following the vote, Switzerland was expected to issue a formal notice to the bloc to consider its application withdrawn.
"A letter with the notification on withdrawal of Switzerland's application for EU membership was received last Wednesday," the spokesperson told RIA Novosti.
Switzerland submitted an application for accession to the European Union on May 20, 1992. Currently, Switzerland enjoys free trade with the bloc, while Swiss citizens enjoy free movement within the Schengen area.