Switzerland's European policy
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Switzerland’s foreign policy
Development and cooperation
Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU
International police missions of Switzerland
Media releases on matters concerning European policy
Audiovisual on matters concerning European policy
Speeches of the Head of Department Didier Burkhalter and of the Head of the DEA, Henri Gétaz
Overview of Switzerland's European policy
Popular votes concerning European policy
Important steps of the Switzerland's European policy
Parliamentary interventions and debates of the Council
Economic data Switzerland-EU, key data on matters concerning European policy
Main bilateral agreements and arrangements between Switzerland and the EU
Texts of the agreements and application and implementation of the Swiss-EU bilateral agreements
Entry into force of the main Bilateral Agreements Switzerland-EU since 1972
Evaluation of the application of the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU
Information on negotiations between Switzerland and the EU
Information on main open issues between Switzerland and the EU
Presentation of the European Union
Importance of the relations with the EU for Switzerland
Differents brochures on Switzerland's European policy
Presentations on Switzerland's European policy
Frequently asked questions on Brexit, Schengen/Dublin and institutional issues
Economic data Switzerland-EU,key data on matters concerning European policy
Various reports on Switzerland's European policy
Links on Switzerland's European policy
Seminars on European integration for employees of the Confederation and the Cantons.
The procedure for gaining access to official documents in accordance with the transparency principle
State Secretary Roberto Balzaretti has headed the Directorate for European Affairs (DEA) since February 2018
Vacant positions at the DEA
Organisation chart and staff of the DEA
Contact the DEA
The DEA is the centre of expertise for Switzerland's European policy
Bern, 04.07.2018 – The Federal Council took note of the current state of the negotiations on the institutional issues and decided the next steps in view of an agreement with the EU.
Bern, 08.06.2018 – Federal Council adopts contingency measure to protect Swiss stock exchange infrastructure.
Bern, 31.01.2018 – Roberto Balzaretti will assume the post of the new Chief-coordinator for the negotiations Switzerland–EU as State Secretary on 1 February 2018.
Switzerland is almost entirely surrounded by member states of the European Union (EU). An active policy on the EU is essential for Switzerland.
File Switzerland's European policy
The Directorate for European Affairs DEA is the centre of expertise for Switzerland's European policy matters. The DEA analyses EU integration policy and its impact on Switzerland.
The agreement on the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the EU has been in force since 2002. It stands repeatedly in the center of political debates.
File Free movement of persons
Switzerland wishes to ensure that the existing mutual rights and obligations in its relationship with the UK will continue to apply after the UK leaves the EU and to develop these rights and obligations where necessary.
The Directorate of European Affairs DEA publishes a series of brochures and background information on Swiss - EU relations.