Relations with European countries

The quality of Switzerland’s relations with the EU member states influences relations with the EU as a whole, just as Switzerland's relations with the EU affect its relations with individual member states. Switzerland makes use of regular contact with EU member states to explain its EU policy. Relations with those of its direct neighbours that have great influence within the EU are especially important.

Neighbouring states

Maintaining relations with neighbouring states and regions sharing a border with Switzerland is an important aspect of Swiss foreign policy.

Cross-border cooperation along the Swiss border

Cross-border cooperation functions on a subsidiary basis, whereby the cantons take on most of the tasks and the FDFA provides strategic support.