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
New media releases and information on the relations between Switzerland and Europe.
Selected press conferences and their short versions on Switzerland's current European policy on the official YouTube channel of the Swiss Federal Council.
Overview of Switzerland's European policy
Parliamentary interventions and debates of the Council
Important steps of the Switzerland's European policy
Since 1992 numerous votes on European policy have been held in Switzerland.
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
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
Brochures, specialist publications, reports and slide presentations on Switzerland's relations with Europe and the EU to download or order online.
From the foreign policy strategy to the annual report on Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU: overview of key Swiss strategies and reports concerning European policy.
The procedure for obtaining access to official documents in accordance with the transparency principle.
Which countries are in Schengen? What are the consequences of Brexit for Switzerland? FAQs and answers concerning European policy, the institutional agreement, Schengen/Dublin and Brexit.
Selection of charts and figures on economic relations Switzerland-EU and other matters concerning European policy.
Slide presentations on Swiss-EU relations and on the EU itself. Concise and richly illustrated, suitable for teaching and training purposes.
The 'European seminars' on European integration and Swiss-EU relations are aimed at employees of the Confederation and the cantons.
The Directorate for European Affairs is always looking for qualified and motivated people: job offers and graduate internships at the DEA.
Some 50 staff are employed within the three divisions, two sections and one Staff Office of the DEA. Structure and responsibilities of the Directorate and its organisational units.
Contact form to submit questions, comments or suggestions to the Directorate for European Affairs (DEA).
The federal government's centre of expertise for all European policy issues. The DEA is responsible for coordinating Switzerland's policy on Europe, monitoring the process of European integration and providing relevant information.
Bern, 14.10.2020 – Livia Leu assumes the leadership of the Directorate for European Affairs and becomes chief negotiator for negotiations with the EU.
Bern, 27.09.2020 – The Swiss electorate rejected the limitation initiative on 27 September 2020 with a majority of 61.7%.
Bern, 07.06.2019 – The Federal Council approved the report on the consultations on the institutional agreement and decided to demand clarifications.
Dossier institutional agreement
On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom officially left the EU. Nevertheless, nothing will change for the time being in Switzerland's relationship with the United Kingdom.
With an institutional agreement, the Federal Council intends to consolidate Swiss-EU relations and create the foundations for their developments.
File Institutional agreement
The agreement on the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the EU has been in force since 1 June 2002 as an important part of the Bilateral Agreements I.
File Free movement of persons
The UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have consequences for Switzerland’s relations with this country. Switzerland wants to maintain its close relationship with the UK beyond Brexit.
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Internal security and migration challenges require international cooperation. Switzerland works closely with European states in the areas of justice, police, visas and asylum.
The EU and its 28 members are Switzerland’s most important partners. The relationship Switzerland-EU has developed by means of an ever-tighter net of sectoral agreements.