The Delegation for relations with the German Bundestag (Del-D) is the opposite number to the German-Swiss Parliamentary Group, currently chaired by Bundestag member Felix Schreiner (CDU/CSU, Baden-Württemberg). The German-Swiss Parliamentary Group has a further 45 members from all political parties represented in the Bundestag. The Federal Council, the chamber representing the Länder, has no such body.
Meetings between Swiss and German 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 German 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.