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Federal Council debates status of exploratory talks with EU

23.11.2022 — Press release EDA
On 23 November 2022, the Federal Council met to discuss Switzerland's relations with the European Union (EU). The main item on the agenda was the progress made in exploratory talks held thus far with the European Commission. The Federal Council welcomed the fact that progress had been made but noted that differences remained. It therefore decided to continue the in-depth exploratory talks phase.

President of the Confederation Ignazio Cassis signs agreement in Malta on the implementation of the second Swiss contribution

18.11.2022 — Press release EDA
During an official visit to Malta, President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis met on Friday 18 November 2022 with Foreign Minister Ian Borg. Their talks focused on bilateral relations, Switzerland's and Malta's non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council, and cooperation in the digital domain. Mr Cassis also signed the agreement with Malta on the implementation of the second Swiss contribution. On the margins of this meeting, Mr Cassis also participated in the Digital Diplomacy and Governance Summit.

Agreement with the United Kingdom on mutual recognition of conformity assessments

17.11.2022 — Press release Europa
On 17 November, Switzerland and the United Kingdom signed an agreement on the mutual recognition of conformity assessments. This means that in certain sectors, product testing by a UK conformity assessment body is no longer required for exports from Switzerland to the UK. The agreement will be provisionally applied from 1 January 2023 and will enter into force no later than 28 February 2023. It was approved by the Federal Council on 16 November.

Free movement of persons: Federal Council invokes the safeguard clause for Croatia

16.11.2022 — Press release Europa
Access to the Swiss labour market is to be restricted again for Croatian nationals in 2023. The number of workers from Croatia has risen sharply this year and now exceeds the threshold figure defined in the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons. The Federal Council therefore decided at its meeting on 16 November to invoke the safeguard clause provided for by the Agreement.

State Secretary Martina Hirayama pays a working visit to Austria

16.11.2022 — Press release Europa
State Secretary Martina Hirayama held talks with Martin Polaschek, the Austrian minister of education, science and research, on 16 November. She also discussed innovation with Henriette Spyra, a directorate general head at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology.

Ignazio Cassis meets President Emmanuel Macron at Paris Peace Forum

11.11.2022 — Press release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis is in Paris on 11 and 12 November 2022 to attend the 5th edition of the Paris Peace Forum and meet with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. Talks focused on bilateral and Swiss-EU relations, the war in Ukraine and multilateral cooperation.

Switzerland and the UK strengthen their cooperation in research and innovation

10.11.2022 — Press release Europa
On 10 November, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and UK Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, George Freeman, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in London on cooperation in research and innovation. The agreement is intended to further strengthen the two countries' partnership in these areas.

Treffen des Gemischten Ausschusses zum Freihandelsabkommen Schweiz–EU

04.11.2022 — Press release Europa
Am 4. November 2022 tagte der Gemischte Ausschuss zum Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der Schweiz und der Europäischen Union (EU) in Zürich. Die Schweiz und die EU tauschten sich über das Funktionieren des Freihandelsabkommens und aktuelle handelspolitische Entwicklungen aus.

Migration Framework Credit: Federal Councillor Keller-Sutter signs implementation agreement with Cyprus

31.10.2022 — Press release Europa
Switzerland will support Cyprus with specific projects and programmes related to migration from 2023 to 2026. Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter and the Cypriot Minister of Interior Nicos Nouris signed an agreement to this effect in Bern on 31 October. The two countries are deepening their cooperation through the Migration Framework Credit, which is part of Switzerland's second contribution to selected EU member states. The framework credit provides targeted support to EU countries that are subject to serious migratory pressure. Cyprus will receive CHF 10 million.

President Ignazio Cassis to travel to Romania

31.10.2022 — Press release EDA
On Thursday, 3 November, President Ignazio Cassis will travel to Romania, where he will meet with President Klaus Werner Iohannis, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă and the presidents of both chambers of the Romanian parliament. In Bucharest, President Cassis will sign an agreement implementing Switzerland’s second contribution. Further topics likely to be addressed during the visit include the war in Ukraine and Switzerland’s relations with the European Union.

Second Swiss contribution – migration framework credit: Karin Keller-Sutter signs first implementation agreement with Greece

14.10.2022 — Press release Europa
The second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states will be used to fund projects and programmes that support countries facing high migratory pressure. On 14 October in Luxembourg, Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter and Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum Notis Mitarachi signed an implementation agreement on bilateral cooperation in this matter. Switzerland has earmarked CHF 40 million for the support of migration-related projects and programmes in Greece.

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