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Switzerland's European policy

Switzerland is almost entirely surrounded by member states of the European Union (EU).  An active policy on the EU is essential for Switzerland.

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Free movement of persons

The agreement on the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the EU has been in force since 2002. It stands repeatedly in the center of political debates.

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Directorate for European Affairs

The Directorate for European Affairs DEA is the centre of expertise for Switzerland's European policy matters. The DEA analyses EU integration policy and its impact on Switzerland.

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The Directorate of European Affairs DEA publishes a series of brochures and background information on Swiss - EU relations.

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