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Afghanistan: Switzerland increases its humanitarian aid on the ground

08.09.2021 — Press release EDA
At its meeting of 8 September 2021, the Federal Council decided to step up its humanitarian engagement in Afghanistan. It approved an additional contribution of CHF 33 million to bolster aid on the ground. Switzerland is, with this contribution, supporting the suffering population in Afghanistan with around CHF 60 million over the next 16 months.

Coronavirus: Federal Council extends COVID certificate requirement and launches consultation on new entry rules

08.09.2021 — Press release EDA
From Monday, 13 September, a COVID certificate will be required to access indoor areas of restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities, and events held indoors. The certificate may also be used by employers as part of a company’s protection plan. These are the decisions taken by the Federal Council at its meeting on 8 September in response to the ongoing strained situation in hospitals. The measure expires on 24 January 2022. The Federal Council also began a consultation on two proposals: one regarding rules on entering the country for people who have not been vaccinated or who have not recovered from COVID-19, and another on people vaccinated abroad obtaining a Swiss COVID certificate.

FDFA State Secretary Livia Leu in Turkey on official working visit

07.09.2021 — Press release EDA
On 7 September 2021, FDFA State Secretary Livia Leu met Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakci in Ankara for political consultations. Both interlocutors reaffirmed their intention to deepen relations between their two countries. Not least because of the important Turkish community in Switzerland, bilateral relations are close and diverse, while the Federal Council's foreign policy strategy designates Turkey as a priority country. Political consultations between the two nations are held once a year.

Ignazio Cassis meets Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi

06.09.2021 — Press release EDA
On Monday 6 September 2021, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the FDFA, received Kazakhstan's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mukhtar Tileuberdi, for an official visit in Bern. Two bilateral agreements were signed during the visit, while the main topics of discussion were relations between the two countries, cooperation in their common voting constituencies of the Bretton Woods institutions, and the regional security situation.

Largest Swiss aid transport under way for conflict zone in eastern Ukraine

05.09.2021 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is currently carrying out its largest ever aid operation to eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, a first convoy of a total of 144 lorries carrying Swiss relief supplies crossed the line of contact bound for Donetsk, accompanied by six members of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA). Swiss Humanitarian Aid is providing local communities in need in the conflict zone with water treatment chemicals, hospital equipment and medical material to combat the pandemic. In total, the aid delivered amounts to around CHF 12 million.

How the Lausanne Seminar helps boosting public-private collaboration in asset recovery

03.09.2021 — Press release EDA
Criminals are increasingly using new and sophisticated methods to hide stolen assets. Combatting these trends is in the common interest of States and financial centers. It is therefore crucial that public and private actors share their respective expertise in this area. Hence, the 11th Lausanne Seminar brought together around 150 experts from the public and private sectors coming from all continents. Specific examples were used to explore how public-private collaboration can make the asset recovery process more effective. Based on these findings, the collaboration will be further developed.

60 years of serving local populations: The SDC is ever more evolving and adapting

02.09.2021 — Press release EDA
The Technical Assistance Service, the predecessor of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), was established in 1961. Despite many challenges over the past 60 years, the SDC has made a significant contribution to sustainable development across a broad range of areas. To mark the anniversary, the SDC will organise a live event, with the participation of Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, which will present an overview of Switzerland's international cooperation activities.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis in Budapest: Hungarian Ambassadors' Conference address and bilateral meetings with government officials

27.08.2021 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Foreign Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), gave an address highlighting Switzerland's foreign policy strategy at the Hungarian Ambassadors' Conference in Budapest on Friday 27 August. During his time in the capital he also held working meetings with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and Minister of Justice Judit Varga, who is in charge of the EU dossier.

Afghanistan: Switzerland completes evacuation operation

27.08.2021 — Press release EDA
A total of 385 people have been flown out of Afghanistan in Switzerland's largest evacuation operation to date. The FDFA is in contact with the remaining 11 Swiss nationals in Afghanistan. The evacuation has now been completed and the crisis unit for Afghanistan dissolved. Although the operation has been successful, Switzerland remains concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Kabul and strongly condemns yesterday's attacks.

Coronavirus: Federal Council to launch precautionary consultation on extending COVID certificate requirement

25.08.2021 — Press release EDA
It is currently difficult to gauge how the epidemiological situation is likely to develop. If hospital admissions continue to rise as sharply as they have recently, hospitals could be overstretched within just a few weeks. The Federal Council wants to be able to act quickly if necessary. At its meeting on 25 August, it therefore decided as a precautionary measure to consult the cantons and social partners by 30 August on tightening measures against the spread of the coronavirus. The focus is on extending the requirement to present a COVID certificate to access indoor areas of restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities and indoor events. The Federal Council has also decided that from 1 October the cost of tests to obtain a COVID certificate will no longer be covered by the Confederation.

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