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Federal Council adopts report Assessment of Swiss-EU relations

09.06.2023 — Press release Europa
At its meeting on 9 June 2023, the Federal Council definitively adopted the report on relations between Switzerland and the European Union and submitted it to the Federal Assembly. The report was deliberated in December 2022 and adopted subject to the outcome of the consultation of the Foreign Affairs Committees of both chambers of Parliament.

Swiss Air Force to participate in multinational helicopter exercise in Portugal

06.06.2023 — Press release Europa
From 7 to 21 June, members of the Swiss Air Force will train with three Super Puma and Cougar helicopters in Beja, Portugal. The purpose of the multinational Hotblade Helicopter Exercise is to compare and develop tactical capabilities with other countries and improve interoperability. Switzerland is participating in the exercise for the first time.

Flankierende Massnahmen und Bekämpfung der Schwarzarbeit: Kontrollvolumen im Jahr 2022 erhöht

06.06.2023 — Press release Europa
Die Vollzugsstellen haben im Rahmen der flankierenden Massnahmen (FlaM) und des Bundesgesetzes gegen die Schwarzarbeit (BGSA) im vergangenen Jahr ihre Kontrolltätigkeit erhöht. Das Jahr 2022 stand im Zeichen der Aufhebung der coronabedingten Einschränkungen. Das FlaM-Mindestkontrollziel wurde erneut erreicht und die Kontrolltätigkeit weiter erhöht. Die festgestellten Lohnverstösse und -unterbietungen verblieben auf ähnlichem Niveau wie vor der Krise.

New goods traffic system «Passar» goes live

01.06.2023 — Press release Europa
On June 1st 2023, the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (FOCBS) launches the first stage of «Passar», the new goods traffic system and one of the central elements of the digitalisation and transformation programme DaziT. Passar gradually contributes to the simplification and acceleration of the cross-border traffic of goods. The staged changeover from the previous IT systems to Passar was coordinated with representatives of the economy.

Almost CHF 25 billion dedicated to research in Switzerland in 2021

25.05.2023 — Press release Europa
Switzerland dedicated CHF 24.6 billion to R&D in 2021. This represents an average annual increase of 4% compared with 2019, the year of the last survey. These activities were mainly carried out within higher education institutions (28%) and private enterprises (68%) by almost 140 000 persons. In international comparison, Switzerland remains one of the most research-intensive economies. These are the main results of the Federal Statistical Office’s (FSO) statistics on "research and development in Switzerland".

Horizon package: Federal Council to fund further transitional measures for 2023 calls

24.05.2023 — Press release Europa
The Federal Council decided on 24 May to adopt transitional measures relating to the Horizon package 2021–2027 (Horizon Europe, Euratom programme, ITER and Digital Europe Programme). It will provide CHF 625 million in funding for 2023 calls for proposals. Rapid association to the Horizon package remains the Federal Council's goal.

Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter meets Vice-President Nadia Calviño in Madrid

22.05.2023 — Press release Europa
On 22 May 2023, Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter met the First Vice-President of the Spanish Government and Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, as well as the Governor of the Bank of Spain, Pablo Hernández de Cos, in Madrid. They discussed current financial and tax issues in the run-up to Spain's presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Swiss-Lithuanian Cooperation Programme launched

22.05.2023 — Press release EDA
On 22 May 2023, the Ambassador of Switzerland and the Lithuanian Minister of Finance signed the implementation agreement for the Swiss-Lithuanian Cooperation Programme under the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states. The contribution to Lithuania amounts to 45.2 million Swiss francs and will support programmes in Lithuania in the fields of health, civic participation and vocational education.

Ignazio Cassis meets Icelandic foreign minister in Zurich

22.05.2023 — Press release EDA
On Monday afternoon, 22 May 2023, the head of the FDFA, Ignazio Cassis, received his Icelandic counterpart, Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir, for an official working visit in Zurich. They discussed bilateral relations, the two countries' work in the Council of Europe, and the future path of Europe.

State Secretary Martina Hirayama on official visit to Madrid

16.05.2023 — Press release Europa
State Secretary for Education, Research and Development, Martina Hirayama, met with Spanish Minister for Science and Innovation, Diana Morant Ripoll, in Madrid on 16 May 2023 to discuss Swiss-Spanish cooperation in research and innovation.

Switzerland and the UK launch negotiations

15.05.2023 — Press release Europa
Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Kemi Badenoch, marked the beginning of negotiations on further developing the bilateral trade agreement. The first round of negotiations will take place in London in May.

President Berset to attend Council of Europe summit in Reykjavík and hold talks with Icelandic government

12.05.2023 — Press release Europa
For the fourth time in the 74-year history of the Council of Europe, the heads of state and government of the organisation’s member states will gather next week for a summit. The Swiss delegation to the summit in Reykjavík will be led by President Alain Berset. Prior to the summit, he will meet with Iceland's Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir on Tuesday, 16 May, to discuss current international issues and, above all, cooperation on climate issues.

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