The fields of activity
The Political Section is mainly concerned with the relations between Switzerland and Hungary. It maintains these relations by encouraging official contacts between the two sides, promoting a better comprehension of Switzerland and better relations and exchange in general. The main tasks of the Political Section of the Embassy in Budapest are:
- Protecting the interests of Switzerland
- Representing Switzerland
- Promoting friendly relations and promoting the development of economic, cultural and scientific relations.
The importance of several of these tasks have strongly changed in the past two decades, firstly because of the end of the cold war era and the democratisation of Hungary, secondly because of the European Integration which regulates matters between the integrated states more and more as well as with third parties (Switzerland is partially integrated through its bilateral agreements with the EU).