European politics

Image of the European flag in front of the Cinquantenaire, Brussels
The European flag in front of the Cinquantenaire, Brussels. © European Commission

Fostering ties with neighbouring countries and the relations with the European Union are two of the four priority areas of the Swiss Foreign Policy Strategy 2012–2015.

Situated at the heart of the European continent, Switzerland maintains close political, economic and cultural exchanges with neighbouring countries. A particular emphasis is also placed on relations with the European Union. The FDFA runs the Confederation's Centre of Expertise for Policy on Europe and represents Liechtenstein's interests abroad.

Switzerland’s policy on the European Union

Bilateral agreements form the basis of cooperation; the Centre of Expertise for Policy on Europe is part of the FDFA.

European Union

Official webpage of the European Union (EU)

Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU

Swizterland supports more than 250 projects in the countries that have joined the EU since 2004.

Relations with European countries

The quality of Switzerland's relations with the EU's individual member states, particularly those sharing a border with Switzerland, has an influence on Switzerland's relations with the EU as a whole.

Principality of Liechtenstein

Switzerland represents the interests of Liechtenstein and its nationals abroad