State Secretary Roberto Balzaretti assumed the post of director of the Directorate for European Affairs (DEA) in Bern on 1 February 2018. The DEA is the leading competence centre for questions relating to the Federal Council's European policy. Mr Balzaretti has also taken over responsibility for coordinating negotiations with the European Union.
The title of State Secretary has been conferred on him to allow him to carry out his mandate. The former director of the DEA, Ambassador Henri Gétaz, has been appointed Secretary-General of EFTA and will remain in the FDFA in an advisory capacity until he takes up his new post on 1 September 2018.