Directorate for European Affairs (DEA)

The Directorate for European Affairs (DEA) is the centre of expertise for the Confederation's EU policy. The DEA analyses EU integration policy and its impact on Switzerland. It coordinates the EU policy of the Federal Council in cooperation with relevant offices and provides information about Swiss EU policy and about European integration in general.

The DEA defines the foreign policy guidelines for Switzerland’s relations with its neighbours and all other Western and Central European states. In implementing Switzerland’s policy on relations with its neighbours, the DEA also takes into account various aspects of cross-border relations and supports, among other things, the cantons in the area of cross-border cooperation.

State Secretary Roberto Balzaretti was appointed head of the Directorate for European Affairs (DEA) on 1 February 2018. He is in charge of coordinating all negotiations with the European Union.