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.
Switzerland maintains bilateral relations with the individual member states of the EU and EFTA as well as with the other European states such as Vatican City.
With the Swiss contribution Switzerland is investing in Europe’s security, stability and prosperity. Switzerland strengthens and deepens its bilateral relations with its partner countries and EU as a whole.
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) promotes free trade and economic integration between Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Main bilateral agreements and arrangements between Switzerland and the EU.
Between 1972 and 1999, Switzerland signed treaties with the European Union (EU) that enabled a free trade area without customs duties, as well as agreements on insurance and the transport of goods.
In 1999, Switzerland and the European Union (EU) signed a first package of seven agreements, bound together by the «guillotine clause».
Switzerland and the European Union (EU) signed nine further agreements in 2004.
Switzerland and the European Union (EU) have concluded other important agreements and arrangements since 2004.
The bilateral approach forms the basis for the partnership between Switzerland and the EU. The Federal Council is committed to its stabilisation and selective expansion.
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.
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.
Selected charts and figures on Swiss-EU economic relations and other topics pertaining to European policy.
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.
FDFA specialists come to you – an offer to schools, associations and other institutions.
Slide presentations on Swiss-EU relations and on the EU itself. Concise and richly illustrated, suitable for teaching and training purposes.
The procedure for obtaining access to official documents in accordance with the transparency principle.
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Last update 09.01.2024