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Internet Governance Forum 2017, Geneva

29.12.2017 — Article EDA

The Internet Governance Forum is a global, multilateral platform for discussing public policy aspects of the internet.

The conference in December 2017 in Geneva was organised by the UN and Switzerland. This year’s theme was "Shape Your Digital Future".

Aktualisierung des Abkommens über die gegenseitige Anerkennung der Konformitätsbewertungen

22.12.2017 — Media release EDA
Die Schweiz und die Europäische Union (EU) haben am 22. Dezember das Abkommen über die gegenseitige Anerkennung von Konformitätsbewertungen (Mutual Recognition Agreement; MRA) aktualisiert. Mit dieser Anpassung kann der gegenseitige Marktzugang in den Sektoren Medizinprodukte, persönliche Schutzausrüstungen, Gasverbrauchseinrichtungen und Seilbahnen aufrechterhalten werden. Die Änderungen treten ab sofort in Kraft. Mit einer Anpassung im Juli 2017 waren bereits sieben der zwanzig vom MRA abgedeckten Produktbereiche aktualisiert worden.

Good neighbours: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis meets Liechtenstein's Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick for bilateral talks

21.12.2017 — EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has met with Aurelia Frick, the foreign minister of the Principality of Liechtenstein, in Bern. The discussion between the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA and his Liechtenstein counterpart underscored the high quality of bilateral relations between the two states. The meeting covered bilateral topics including current European policy issues and international challenges.

Switzerland increases its humanitarian presence in Syria

21.12.2017 — Media release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has opened a humanitarian office in Damascus to improve access to those in need, and to monitor and coordinate projects more closely. Up to now, Switzerland mainly provided humanitarian aid to people in need through one of its representations in neighbouring countries. The humanitarian effort in connection with the Syria crisis is currently Switzerland's biggest humanitarian operation.

Federal Council extends the freeze on Tunisian and Ukrainian assets and abrogates the freeze on Egyptian assets

20.12.2017 — Media release EDA
At its meeting on 20 December 2017, the Federal Council decided to extend for one year the freeze on the assets of ousted presidents Ben Ali (Tunisia) and Yanukovych (Ukraine) and their entourages. The purpose of this decision is to support the judicial cooperation between Switzerland and these two states. Taking note of the recent closing of the mutual legal assistance procedures between Switzerland and Egypt, the Federal Council decided to lift with immediate effect the freeze on assets in the context of this country.

Switzerland and France give go-ahead to implementation of EuroAirport agreement

19.12.2017 — EDA
At their first meeting, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian brought the issue of the tax regime at Basel-Mulhouse (EuroAirport) to a conclusion: the agreement regulating Swiss companies operating at EuroAirport will be applicable from next year. The two foreign ministers' working meeting also focused on other bilateral issues, the situation in Europe and Switzerland's policy with regard to the EU.

Mountains have impact on Switzerland's image in 2017

18.12.2017 — Media release EDA
Switzerland’s iconic mountains drew particular international attention this year because of a number of natural events linked to climate change. At the same time, the victories of Federer, the Swiss financial centre and a number of popular votes also attracted the attention of foreign media. And according to the Nation Brands Index 2017, Switzerland enjoys a good image abroad overall, retaining its 8th place out of a total of 50 countries.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis to pay official visit to Paris

15.12.2017 — Media release EDA
On 19 December, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, the head of the FDFA, will make an official working visit to Paris. During his visit he will meet with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian. On the agenda are various bilateral issues, relations between Switzerland and the EU and topical international issues.

Switzerland and Bolivia seek closer cooperation on Bioceánico project

14.12.2017 — EDA
On Thursday, 14 December, President Doris Leuthard received Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma, who was paying a working visit to Bern. Discussions focused in particular on infrastructure, economic and trade relations, the rule of law and the SDC’s country programme on Bolivia. The two presidents were present at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties on cooperation on the Corredor Tren bioceánico project.

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