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Both the Swedish and Swiss sides praised the excellent relations between the two countries. President Merz outlined Switzerland's European policy to his hosts, emphasising the clear acceptance by the Swiss electorate last February of the renewal and extension of the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons. For his part, Prime Minister Reinfeldt outlined Sweden's priorities during its presidency of the EU.
The financial crisis and the counter measures taken by both countries were also discussed. Furthermore, the parties considered the Agreement on the Taxation of Savings Income concluded between Switzerland and the EU. President Merz reiterated the Federal Council's desire to retain the ‘coexistence model' and reject an automatic exchange of information. However, he again emphasised Switzerland‘s willingness to discuss improvements to the Agreement on the Taxation of Savings Income with the EU.