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Presentation of credentials

16.01.2018 — Media release EDA
Berne, 16.l01.2018 - Presentation of the credentials of the newly accredited ambassadors in Switzerland

Federal Council concludes privileges and immunities agreement with Interpeace

15.01.2018 — Media release EDA
On 15 January 2018, an agreement conferring privileges and immunities on Interpeace in Switzerland was signed on behalf of the Federal Council by Ambassador Roberto Balzaretti, head of the Directorate of International Law of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and by Matthias Stiefel and Scott Weber in their respective capacities as acting chair and director-general of Interpeace.

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.

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