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EU recognises Swiss central counterparty regulation as equivalent

16.11.2015 — Press release Mission EU Brussels

Bern, 16.11.2015 - Switzerland's supervisory regime for central counterparties has been recognised by the European Commission as equivalent to the relevant provisions applicable within the European Union (EU). The equivalence decision provides the basis for Swiss central counterparties to access cross-border markets in the EU. It was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 14 November 2015.


Swiss Labour Force Survey and its derivative statistics in 3rd quarter 2015: labour supply – 1.1% increase in number of employed persons; unemployment rate based on ILO definition at 4.9%

12.11.2015 — Press release Europa

Neuchâtel, According to figures from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the number of employed persons in Switzerland rose by 1.1% between the 3rd quarter 2014 and the 3rd quarter 2015. During the same period, the unemployment rate as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) increased slightly in Switzerland from 4.8% to 4.9%. The EU's unemployment rate based on the ILO definition decreased from 9.8% to 9.0%.



Federal Councillor Johann N. Scheider-Ammann to pay working visit to Brussels

Federal Councillor Johann N. Scheider-Ammann to pay working visit to Brussels

06.11.2015 — Press release Mission EU Brussels

Bern, 06.11.2015 - Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), will be paying a working visit to Brussels on 10 November. He will attend a meeting of EFTA ministers with the European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council. He will also hold talks with EU Commissioners Jyrki Katainen and Carlos Moedas. Central topics of this visit will be Switzerland and Europe’s competitiveness and the country’s relations with the EU.


Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann on working visit to meet British Minister of State for Trade and Investment

02.11.2015 — Press release Europa

Bern, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), travelled to London on 2 November for a working visit where he met the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Maude, for talks on reducing bureaucracy, the economic situation of both countries and of Europe, as well as bilateral economic relations. Relations between The relations of both states with the European Union were also a topic of discussion. In addition, the head of the EAER used the visit to London as an opportunity to officially launch a programme for start-ups and discuss European issues with a number of think tank representatives.


President Grybauskaité of Lithuania on official visit to Switzerland

06.10.2015 — Press release Europa

Bern - On Tuesday, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Simonetta Sommaruga, received the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaité, for an official visit to Switzerland. The talks focused on bilateral relations and European policy (for Switzerland in particular on progress with implementing the article on immigration in the Federal Constitution), on the situation in Ukraine and the refugee crisis in Europe. Switzerland and Lithuania have friendly relations and have become increasingly close in recent years.


New mandatory international OECD standards with regard to corporate taxation, including for Switzerland

05.10.2015 — Press release Europa
Switzerland supports international efforts to achieve greater transparency and a level playing field with regard to the taxation of multinationals. As a member of the OECD, it actively participated in the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project, the final outcomes of which were published today. The Federal Council has instructed the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) to deliver analyses and proposals for implementing the outcomes.


Soirée Suisse at the Jeux d'hiver

Soirée Suisse 2015

30.09.2015 — Article Mission EU Brussels

On 30 September 2015 the three Swiss representations in Brussels – the Swiss embassy and the missions to the EU and to NATO – invite their contacts to a sumptuous gourmet Swiss reception.


Students at Swiss higher education institutions 2013: Analysis report – 17% higher education students from abroad

29.09.2015 — Press release Europa

Neuchâtel - The proportion of international students at Swiss higher education institutions is 17%. With 19%, the universities show a higher percentage than the universities of applied science (14%) and the universities of teacher education (7%). The majority of these students come from neighbouring countries and are more dependent on financial support from their families than domestic students. The Federal Statistical Office's new publication examines these and many other issues.


Population change in Switzerland in 2014 – Net migration declined slightly in comparison with 2013

29.09.2015 — Press release Europa

Neuchâtel - Switzerland's population grew by 1.2% in 2014. This growth is due to positive net migration, an increase in births and a decrease in deaths. All cantons were affected by this trend. The increase in the number of Swiss nationals continues to be mainly due to naturalisations. These are the final results of the population and households statistics from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).


Sciex programme: Research training placements in Switzerland spur scientific and economic development in eastern Europe

25.09.2015 — Press release EDA
A ceremony to mark the end of the Scientific Exchange Programme between the New Member States and Switzerland (Sciex), which has offered over 500 researchers from ten new EU member states research training placements in Switzerland since it was launched in 2009, was held today at ETH Zurich. Part of Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU was allocated to fund the fellowship programme in recognition of the fact that enhancing the capacity of scientists in central and eastern Europe to conduct research is a critical factor in the region's economic development.

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