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No signing of Swiss–EU institutional agreement

26.05.2021 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 26 May, the Federal Council undertook an overall evaluation of the outcome of the negotiations on the institutional framework agreement (InstA). It concluded that there remain substantial differences between Switzerland and the EU on key aspects of the agreement. The conditions are thus not met for the signing of the agreement. The Federal Council today took the decision not to sign the agreement, and communicated this decision to the EU. This brings the negotiations on the draft of the InstA to a close. The Federal Council nevertheless considers it to be in the shared interest of Switzerland and the EU to safeguard their well-established cooperation and to systematically maintain the agreements already in force. It therefore wishes to launch a political dialogue with the EU on continued cooperation. Meanwhile, it has tasked the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) to consider how autonomous amendments to Swiss legislation might contribute to the stabilisation of Swiss–EU relations.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis meets Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio in Ticino

16.06.2020 — Press release EDA
Following the reopening of borders within Europe, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has met the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio in Ticino. Together with his Italian counterpart, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) highlighted the good cooperation between Switzerland and Italy in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, and expressed solidarity and encouragement to the people living on either side of the Italian-Swiss border.

Ignazio Cassis opens the 5th edition of the Switzerland-Italy Dialogue Forum

12.04.2019 — Press release EDA
Today in Genoa, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis opened the fifth edition of the Switzerland-Italy Dialogue Forum, in the presence of more than 150 Swiss and Italian personalities. On the margins of the forum, the head of the FDFA met the Italian minister for regional affairs and autonomies, Erika Stefani.

Human Rights Day 2017

10.12.2017 — Press 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 — Press 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 — Press 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 — Press 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 — Press 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 — Press 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.

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