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Contributo all’allargamento: bilancio positivo dopo 10 anni

19.06.2017 — Media release EB

Il 14 giugno 2017 è scaduto il termine di attuazione di dieci anni del contributo svizzero all’allargamento ai dieci Paesi dell’Europa centrale e dell’Est entrati a far parte dell’UE nel 2004. La Svizzera ha realizzato complessivamente 210 progetti con il fondo di un miliardo di franchi approvato dal Parlamento, fornendo così un contributo solidale alla riduzione delle disparità economiche e sociali nell’UE.


Visegrad summit: Switzerland strengthens dialogue and cooperation with Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary

09.12.2014 — Media release EDA
At his meeting with Prime Ministers Robert Fico (Slovakia), Bohuslav Sobotka (Czech Republic), Ewa Kopacz (Poland) and Viktor Orban (Hungary) at the Visegrad summit in Bratislava, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, and his partners adopted a declaration providing for a regular exchange of views and seeking to promote the development of joint initiatives in areas such as education, research and economic cooperation. President Burkhalter also used his stay in Bratislava to hold bilateral talks with Slovakia's President, Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak.


Political talks, innovation and regional cooperation: Swiss President Didier Burkhalter visits Slovakia

08.12.2014 — Media release EDA
On Tuesday 9 December 2014, President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter will take part in the summit of the Visegrad Group, which comprises Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary alongside Slovakia. The Visegrad countries will be represented in Bratislava by their prime ministers. In addition, Mr Burkhalter is to meet with Slovakian President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák for bilateral talks.


“It’s by talking with people from the local population that you see how effective development cooperation is“

29.09.2014 — Media release Czech Republic

Martin Dahinden served as head of the SDC from 2008 to 2014. At the end of September 2014, he leaves Switzerland to become the country’s new ambassador in Washington. In this interview, Martin Dahinden looks back on his years with the SDC, recalls personal highlights, talks about the changes in Swiss development cooperation over the years, and names future challenges.


Switzerland’s role in negotiations for a new development agenda: building bridges, influencing outcomes, offering concrete proposals

25.09.2014 — Media release Czech Republic

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire in 2015. Switzerland is working with the international community towards developing new global development goals. Ambassador Michael Gerber, special representative for global sustainable development, is representing Switzerland at the international negotiations for the post-2015 development agenda. In this interview he looks back on the MDGs, highlights what is different about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and talks about Switzerland’s position.


Swiss budget for Syrians in desperate need increased by CHF 20 million

23.09.2014 — Media release Czech Republic

Bern, 23.09.2014 - To improve the desperate situation of people affected by the conflict in Syria, Switzerland’s Humanitarian Aid has increased its support measures both for people in Syria and the over three million refugees in the neighbouring states. Switzerland’s budget since the start of the Syrian crisis totals CHF 105 million.


Switzerland takes further measures to fight the Ebola epidemic

23.09.2014 — Media release Czech Republic

Bern, 23.09.2014 - Switzerland is making an additional CHF 5 million available to support efforts to prevent the further spread of the Ebola epidemic and provide the people living in affected countries with the assistance they need. This announcement was made by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, in New York in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. The contribution is intended to support Switzerland's multilateral partner organisations in the field of humanitarian aid in their activities in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, as well as its bilateral aid projects in Liberia.


Switzerland sends winter equipment for internally displaced persons in Northern Iraq

18.09.2014 — Media release Czech Republic

Bern, 18.09.2014 - Switzerland has decided to send relief aid to the greater Erbil area in Northern Iraq. The cargo consists primarily of cold weather tents intended to help people displaced by the war to survive the winter. Today, a specialist from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) is flying to Erbil to prepare for distributing the aid. More specialists from the Swiss cooperation office in Amman will join him on the ground.


Switzerland steps up support for the OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine

10.09.2014 — Media release EDA
Switzerland is increasing its contribution to the OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine by CHF 600,000 and by providing up to an additional ten observers. This was announced by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter, in his opening speech at the OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Prague. The situation in Ukraine also took centre stage in the bilateral talks between President Burkhalter, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaorálek. The main theme of the Economic and Environmental Forum is the prevention of natural disasters, which is also one of the priorities of Switzerland's OSCE Chairmanship.


High-level OSCE meeting and bilateral talks: President of the Confederation travels to the Czech Republic and Latvia

09.09.2014 — Media release EDA
The Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter, is to hold the opening speech at the OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum being held on 10 September 2014 in Prague. This year's forum will focus on measures to prevent natural disasters. During his stay in Prague, President Burkhalter will also conduct bilateral talks with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaorálek. On Thursday, he will have meetings in Riga including with Latvian President Andris Bērziņš, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkēvičs.



Federal Council submits to Parliament dispatch on enlargement contribution to Croatia

28.05.2014 — Media release Czech Republic

Bern, 28.05.2014 - The Federal Council has submitted to Parliament its dispatch on the approval of a framework credit for an enlargement contribution of CHF 45 million to Croatia. Switzerland's commitment in Croatia is in keeping with the policy it has pursued in recent years with regard to the countries of Eastern Europe to support them in their modernisation efforts. This policy is in Switzerland's economic interests, and not only strengthens relations with these countries, but also helps to create jobs. The Federal Council had announced the framework credit on 30 April 2014, when a corresponding addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the EU was adopted. Parliament has yet to approve the contribution. The money should then be committed to specific projects in Croatia by the end of May 2017.

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