The European Union has been represented in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein by an ambassador and a diplomatic mission since 2007 . This local presence enables the EU to cultivate and deepen its wide-ranging relationship with these two countries in direct contact with the authorities, business and civil society. The EU delegation accompanies and supports the implementation of the contracts between the EU and the two host countries as well as current negotiations. She also acts as a contact for the media and the public. The EU delegation coordinates closely with the embassies of the member states.