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Human Rights Day 2017

10.12.2017 — Media release Italy
In exactly one year from today, on 10 December 2018, Switzerland together with the international community will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which 70 years after its adoption, remains of unequivocal relevance. Human rights are a necessity for our societies, an invaluable ingredient to boost peace and stability and to foster sustainable development. Human rights are at the heart of the values represented by Switzerland and its political model, which is founded on the principles of democracy, non-discrimination, gender equality, peaceful coexistence, and mutual respect among people having different religious, linguistic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Switzerland calls upon its partners to join it in making this Human Rights Day 2017 a day of unequivocal relevance for the promotion and the protection of human rights.


Ignazio Cassis in Rome on his first foreign trip

21.11.2017 — Media release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, travelled to Rome on Tuesday for his first trip abroad. Mr Cassis chose Italy as his first foreign destination to underscore the importance Switzerland attaches to this neighbouring country, with which he intends to strengthen already very close ties. "With this visit, I hope to reaffirm our friendship and open new avenues for dialogue with Italy," said Mr Cassis after his meeting with Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano. The two men discussed bilateral issues, focusing on tax matters that still remain to be settled.



President Schneider-Ammann to travel to Belgium and Malta

02.09.2016 — Media release Italy

Bern, 02.09.2016 - President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann will attend a gathering of the heads of state of German-speaking countries in Brussels and in the German-speaking region of Belgium next week; the meeting will take place on Wednesday and Thursday (7 and 8 September). On Friday and Saturday (9 and 10 September), the president has been invited to pay a state visit to Malta.


Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard welcomes Solar Impulse in Abu Dhabi after its round-the-world flight

26.07.2016 — Media release Italy


Bern, 26.07.2016 - On Tuesday 26 July, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard was on site to welcome the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse as it landed at its final destination, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), following its round-the-world flight. She also congratulated the initiators and pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg in the name of the Federal Council. On the fringes of the celebrations, Ms Leuthard also met with the minister of energy of the UAE government for bilateral talks.    


Switzerland condemns the attack in Nice and mourns the death of at least two Swiss nationals

18.07.2016 — Media release Italy

Bern, 15.07.2016 - Switzerland is shocked and appalled by the attack in Nice, which claimed the lives of over 80 people. At least two Swiss citizens were among the victims. The President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, has condemned the attack in the strongest terms and has written to the French President, François Hollande, to express his condolences in the name of the Swiss people. In letters of condolence, other members of the Federal Council also expressed their sympathy and consternation to their French counterparts. On Friday afternoon, the Confederation's Security Core Group met with representatives of the Conference of Cantonal Police Commanders of Switzerland to discuss the situation.


Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer on working visit to Italy

05.07.2016 — Media release Italy

Today, Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer is on working visit to Italy. He will meet Minister of the Interior Angelino Alfano and Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan for talks in Rome in the afternoon. They will discuss bilateral cooperation in the area of migration and the status of the tax and financial dialogue, among other things.


Alain Berset to open Swiss Pavilion in Venice tomorrow

26.05.2016 — Media release Italy

Federal Councillor Alain Berset is due to open the Swiss Pavilion at the 15th Architecture Biennale of Venice tomorrow. On display is the «Incidental Space» project by Christian Kerez, architect and professor at ETH Zurich. Together with specialists from research and manufacturing, he explores the limits of what is architecturally feasible today thanks to modern technology. Mr Kerez and his team have created a walkable spatial structure achievable only with the latest in production technology. It offers visitors an extraordinary spatial experience.


President Schneider-Ammann to meet the Pope and new Swiss Guards

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02.05.2016 — Media release Italy

Bern, 02.05.2016 - On Friday, 6 May, President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann will attend the swearing-in ceremony of the Papal Swiss Guard at the Vatican and then meet the newly sworn-in guards and their families. The president will also meet with a delegation from the canton of Glarus, this year’s guest canton. Meetings with Pope Francis and Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Minister of Foreign Affairs, are scheduled for Saturday, 7 May.


Opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel

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20.04.2016 — Media release Italy

On 1 June 2016, 17 years after the first blast in the main shaft, the world’s longest railway tunnel will officially open.


Swiss and Italian foreign ministers agree on closer cooperation in cross-border matters

21.03.2016 — Media release EDA
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), met with his Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni, on Monday in Neuchâtel to discuss cross-border cooperation and security. The two foreign ministers agreed to work closely on these matters. They also discussed the implementation of the new article of the Swiss Federal Constitution on immigration. Mr Burkhalter underscored the Federal Council's efforts to come to an agreement with the EU on a mutually agreed safeguard clause based on the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons. Mr Gentiloni pledged Italy's support for this process.


Swiss-EU relations at the focus of visit to Malta and Slovakia by the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

10.03.2016 — Media release Italy

Bern, 09.03.2016 - The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Didier Burkhalter, met with his Maltese counterpart George W. Vella on Wednesday in Valletta. The two foreign ministers mainly discussed the issue of Switzerland's relationship with the European Union (EU) and the political situation in the Mediterranean region. The Federal Councillor then gave a speech at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies on mediation and Switzerland's policy of providing good offices.

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