The result of the EU-Swiss agreement on the Free Movement of Persons brings the Swiss and their family members under the same umbrella as EU/EEA nationals&their FMs. This is simply because the same rights of the latter are conferred on the former.
For instance, the UK took the initiative to amalgamate 'The Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the Swiss Confederation on the Free Movement of Persons' into the 2006 EEA Regulations simply because of their equality of purpose. They reasoned (in the spirit of the agreement perhaps) that it was unnecessary to implement a separate registration procedure for Swiss nationals&their FMs just because, by law, they are not EU/EEA nationals.
I think that this makes logical sense compared to the French (and God knows who else) refusing to extend the visa-free concession or allowing me travel within the EU on my RC.
If by virtue of the above agreement my husband can travel and reside freely in any EU member state, how can I be said to be benefitting from the same rights if I cannot travel with him/to join him on the strength of my RC OR without needing to pre-apply and pay for an entry visa? I don't see how I have any real freedom of movement.
I am hoping that the AIRE Centre is helpful with this either way it goes.
Will post an update when it comes.
Edited by Pumpkin70, 01 August 2009 - 06:19 PM.