Switzerland's European policy
Federal Chancellery FC
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA
Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA
Federal Department of Justice and Police FDJP
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Federal Department of Finance FDF
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Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and
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
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
Ambassador Henri Gétaz has headed the Directorate for European Affairs (DEA) since August 2010
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, 28.06.2017 - The Federal Council acknowledged the importance of
the bilateral path and scheduled a number of phases for next autumn.
Bern, 17.05.2017 - The Federal Council confirmed that the Federal Act
on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe (Eastern Europe
Cooperation Act) will come into force on 1 June 2017.
Bern, 16.12.2016 – Switzerland has ratified the protocol extending
the free movement of persons to Croatia.
Switzerland is almost entirely surrounded by member states of the
European Union (EU). An active policy on the EU is essential for Switzerland.
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.
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
The Directorate of European Affairs DEA publishes a series of
brochures and background information on Swiss - EU relations.