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

Fostering relations with neighbouring states and regions bordering on Switzerland is one of the priority areas of Switzerland's foreign policy in the 2016–2019 legislative period.

Switzerland’s cross-border cooperation

Responsibility of the cantons, the FDFA provides political support