The Directorate for European Affairs (DEA) is the centre of expertise for Switzerland's European policy.
It has been entrusted with the following tasks by the Swiss government:
- Monitoring the European integration process and analysing and assessing its likely consequences for Switzerland
- Co-ordination of matters concerning integration law and policy and negotiation of treaties with the EU in close collaboration and co-responsibility with the departments competent for the respective matters
- Information on Switzerland's European policy and European integration