Switzerland's European policy
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New media releases and information on the relations between Switzerland and Europe.
Selected press conferences and their short versions on Switzerland's current European policy on the official YouTube channel of the Swiss Federal Council.
Overview of Switzerland's European policy
Parliamentary interventions and debates of the Council
Important steps of the Switzerland's European policy
Since 1992 numerous votes on European policy have been held in Switzerland.
Main bilateral agreements and arrangements between Switzerland and the EU
Texts of the agreements and application and implementation of the Swiss-EU bilateral agreements
Entry into force of the main Bilateral Agreements Switzerland-EU since 1972
With the Swiss contribution, Switzerland invests in security, stability and prosperity in Europe. It strengthens and deepens its bilateral relations with partner countries and the EU as a whole.
The UK's withdrawal from the EU also has consequences for Switzerland's relations with the UK. As part of its Mind the Gap strategy, Switzerland has concluded a number of new agreements with this country.
An electricity agreement would establish a legal basis for Switzerland's participation in the European electricity market and strengthen cross-border electricity trading.
The negotiations on an agreement in the areas of agriculture, food safety, product safety and public health seek to secure closer links with the EU along the food value chain.
Switzerland participates in civil and military peacebuilding missions abroad. Cooperation with the European Union within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy is important in this context.
A union of states and a community of values, the European Union (EU) emerged from the efforts of European states to work towards peace and prosperity.
The gradual integration of former Eastern Bloc countries and Malta into the EU.
The functioning, areas of competence and funding of the EU.
Brochures, specialist publications, reports and slide presentations on Switzerland's relations with Europe and the EU to download or order online.
From the foreign policy strategy to the annual report on Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU: overview of key Swiss strategies and reports concerning European policy.
The procedure for obtaining access to official documents in accordance with the transparency principle.
Which countries are in Schengen? What are the consequences of Brexit for Switzerland? FAQs and answers concerning European policy, the institutional agreement, Schengen/Dublin and Brexit.
Selected charts and figures on Swiss-EU economic relations and other topics pertaining to European policy.
Slide presentations on Swiss-EU relations and on the EU itself. Concise and richly illustrated, suitable for teaching and training purposes.
The 'European seminars' on European integration and Swiss-EU relations are aimed at employees of the Confederation and the cantons.
Bern, 25.02.2022 – The decision taken by the Federal Council on 23 February provides the basis for initiating exploratory talks with the EU.
During their meeting in Brussels, both sides agreed to establish a structured political dialogue at ministerial level.
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis visits the Swiss Mission in Brussels and meets members of the EU Commission for informal talks.
The Federal Council has taken the decision not to sign the InstA. The negotiations with the EU did not produce the outcomes Switzerland needed to sign the agreement.
File Institutional agreement
The agreement on the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the EU has been in force since 1 June 2002 as an important part of the Bilateral Agreements I.
File Free movement of persons
The UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have consequences for Switzerland’s relations with this country. Switzerland wants to maintain its close relationship with the UK beyond Brexit.
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Internal security and migration challenges require international cooperation. Switzerland works closely with European states in the areas of justice, police, visas and asylum.
The EU and its 27 members are Switzerland’s most important partners. The relationship Switzerland-EU has developed by means of an ever-tighter net of sectoral agreements.