In a vote in June 2005, the Swiss approved the agreement with the European Union and the European Community on their country`s association with the Schengen acquis. Switzerland therefore applied the provisions of the Schengen Agreement from 12 December 2008. Airport controls were removed on 29 March 2009. In December 1996, two non-EU states, Norway and Iceland, signed an association agreement with the countries that signed the Schengen accession agreement. Although this agreement never entered into force, the two countries were part of the Schengen area following similar agreements with the EU.  The Schengen Agreement itself was not signed by non-EU states.  In 2009, Switzerland officially concluded its accession to the Schengen area by adopting an association agreement by referendum in 2005.  CONSIDERING that, since the signing of the Luxembourg Agreement of 19 December 1996 between the 13 Member States of the European Union that signed the Schengen Agreements and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway, the latter two States have participated in discussions on the implementation, implementation and development of the Schengen Agreements and related provisions; agreement reached by the Council of the European Union and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway on the association of these countries in the implementation, application and development of the Schengen acquis – Final Act The Council recalls the negotiations on the Association Agreement of the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway on implementation, to the application and development of the Schengen acquis and, in the spirit of Iceland and Norway`s participation, to the decision-making process in the areas covered by the agreement and to improve the functioning of the agreement, was fully involved in the work of the committees, which assist the European Commission in exercising its executive powers. “Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and the free movement of such data (OJ L 199 of 11.12.1995, p. Jo L 281, 23.11.1995, p.
31) was not included in Appendix B of the agreement with the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway on the association of these countries in the implementation, application and development of the Schengen acquis, as the Commission proposed on 2 December 1998 the decision of the EEA Joint Committee to include this directive in Annex XI of the EEA Agreement (1). CONSIDERING that, to this end, it is necessary to set up an organisational structure outside the institutional framework of the European Union, which guarantees the association of the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway in the decision-making process in these areas and allows their participation in these activities through a joint committee, when the EU adopts a new important legislative act for the Schengen acquis, Switzerland must decide whether it wishes to adopt it, in accordance with the parliamentary and direct processes of Switzerland. Since the signing of the agreements in 2004, the EU has notified Switzerland of more than 250 other developments in the Schengen acquis. In most cases, content is limited in technical nature or scope and the Federal Council can give direct consent or review it. Parliament has only had to approve the adoption of about 35 legal developments, some of which are currently being approved by parliament. CONSIDERING that the protocol incorporating the Schengen acquis within the framework of the European Union, annexed to the Treaty on the European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community by the Treaty of Amsterdam amending the Treaty on european Union, the treaties establishing the European Communities and certain related acts (hereafter referred to as the “Schengen Protocol”) provide for cooperation between the Member States of the European Union that have signed the Schengen agreements under these agreements and related provisions, within the institutional and legal framework of the European Union and in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on European Union.