Summit on the EuroAirportNovember 2014
On 30 October 2014, French President François Hollande received Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, to talk in particular about the cross-border airport in Basel-Mulhouse, a subject of disagreement between Paris and Bern since the summer.
In July, Paris informed the Confederation that from 2015 it was going to apply French tax rules to companies located in French territory in the sector of the airport with Swiss status – whereas these companies are currently taxed according to Swiss law. Following strong reactions in this territory, the summit of 30 October was reassuring and should make it possible to arrive at "a clear and balanced legal framework" during 2015.
In the words of Didier Burkhalter: "I am now convinced that we can find a solution that will be a good compromise." On his side, President François Hollande said that he would ensure that the facility retains its "binational" character and its "development".
This was the reaction of Jean-Marie Bockel, Senator of the Haut-Rhin Department, the EuroAirport's administrator: "These are the first effects of the strong mobilisation by representatives from the economic sphere and all of the elected representatives […]. It is crucial that the negotiations succeed in order to safeguard this model of French-Swiss partnership, which is vital for the future of our region, with the EuroAirport being the second biggest employer in South Alsace, providing nearly 27,000 direct, indirect and dependent jobs."