From 1st January 2017, Switzerland is associated to all parts of H2020. Following a referendum in February 2014 against mass immigration, Switzerland was allowed to be associated to – and therefore receive funding from - only the Excellent Science component of H2020. For Societal Challenges and Enabling and Industrial Technologies, Swiss organisations could participate without EU funding. The Swiss government stepped in to fund these Swiss participants.
At the end of 2016, the Swiss government agreed to extend free movement of labour to Croatian citizens, at the same time initiating measures to prioritise Swiss job seekers when vacancies occur. As a result, Switzerland regained the status of Associated Country which it held during FP7.