The State Secretary and head of the Directorate of Political Affairs is the first point of contact for the Federal Council in matters of foreign policy. She directs the conceptual development, coordination and planning of foreign policy and oversees the reports submitted to the political authorities.
If necessary, the State Secretary represents the Head of Department at meetings of the foreign policy commissions in the National Council and Council of States. She also maintains regular contact with her peers abroad or in Berne.
The key dossiers include cooperation with the United Nations (UN) and security and peace policy.
Pascale Baeriswyl has been State Secretary since 1st December 2016.
State Secretary Roberto Balzaretti was appointed head of the Directorate for European Affairs (DEA) on 1 February 2018. He is in charge of coordinating all negotiations with the European Union.