Directorate of European Affairs DEA

The EU is Switzerland’s most important partner by far. This is due not only to the European Union’s (EU) political and economic weight, but also to Switzerland’s close geographical and cultural proximity to the countries of the EU. Switzerland earns one franc out of three in its exchanges with the EU. Some 60% of Swiss exports go to the EU, and 80% of its imports come from there. Switzerland is not an EU Member State. Instead, it conducts its relations with the EU on the basis of bilateral sector agreements, which have been approved by the people of Switzerland through a series of referendums. More than 120 agreements, including 20 very important treaties, govern specific aspects of our relations with the EU. These agreements provide both parties with extensive market access and form the basis for close cooperation in other fields. The Federal Council considers the bilateral way the most suitable for Switzerland at this point in time.

Directorate of European Affairs DEA

The Directorate of European Affairs (DEA) is the competence centre within the federal administration for dealing with issues concerning Switzerland’s policy on the EU. The DEA analyses the European integration process and its consequences for Switzerland. It coordinates the federal government’s policy on the EU and provides information about Switzerland’s policy on Europe, as well as European integration in general.

Swiss Policy on the European Union

Bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU

Other Swiss-EU dossiers

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