EURO 2008

The EURO 2008 in Austria and Switzerland took place between June 7th and 29th June 2008. Switzerland was visited by about three million spectators. To ensure the safety of the visitors and participants of the event as well as the local population the Swiss security forces, in close co-operation with their foreign partners, hook special security measures. The police, Swiss Armed Forces, border guard corps, railway police, fire-brigade, medical services and civil protection as well as all the other public security organs and private security services worked closely together under a national security plan that stood under the motto "Security Through Co-operation". As mentioned at the national media conference on June 26th 2008, this cooperation worked excellently.

The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) ─ as an important partner of various security forces ─ was involved in the following areas:

  • The Federal Office for Migration (FOM) examines under what conditions individuals may enter Switzerland. Under existing legislation, persons from states requiring a visa (e.g. Russia, Ukraine, Serbia) would normally have required two separate visas for entering Austria and Switzerland. For the EURO 2008, however, visitors to the event enjoyed facilitated entry; the Schengen visa issued by Austria also allowed entering Switzerland during the tournament.
  • The Federal Office of Police (fedpol) faced challenges on all fronts; granting protection to foreign visitors afforded protection under international law and gathering information on potential threats to the event, to name just two examples. Besides this, fedpol was in charge of setting up models for police co-operation with the participating, neighbouring and transit countries with regard to the individual events. To this end, a total of 15 Declarations of Intent ─ besides the one with EUROPOL ─ were signed. Fedpol also organised the support of German and French forces responsible for maintaining public order. And finally, fedpol operated the national Police Information and Coordination Centre (PICC).