The Delegation for relations with the Austrian Parliament (Del-A) is the opposite number to the Austria-Switzerland parliamentary group of the Austrian Parliament, currently chaired by National Council member Norbert Sieber (ÖVP, Bregenz). The Austria-Switzerland parliamentary group consists of ten further members drawn from across all political parties represented in the Austrian National Council and one member from the Federal Council.
Meetings between Swiss and Austrian parliamentarians take place regularly to establish and maintain a network of contacts. In addition to working discussions at the political level, the programme often includes visits to companies or meetings with representatives from business, society and academia.
This continuous dialogue enables the members of the delegation to discuss complex regional, national and international issues with their Austrian colleagues and, in the event of disagreement, to discuss possible solutions directly with the relevant decision-makers. In this way, parliamentary diplomacy can complement the diplomatic activities at government level and broaden the scope of action. Moreover, the dialogue contributes to a better understanding of domestic political processes in both countries.