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Starting shot for the House of Switzerland at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang

07.02.2018 — EDA
Today the House of Switzerland opens its doors two days before the start of the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Hosted by Presence Switzerland, the House of Switzerland is the meeting place in Pyeongchang for Swiss athletes, their fans and sports enthusiasts from around the world. The House of Switzerland will also be used together with public and private-sector partners to present Switzerland to the South Korean and international public as an ideal tourist destination and a country of innovation and sports enthusiasts.


Switzerland and Bangladesh pave the way for deeper relations

07.02.2018 — EDA
On Wednesday, 7 February, President Alain Berset concluded his visit to Bangladesh, the first by a Swiss president. The two countries wish to deepen relations and have adopted a joint declaration to that effect. The visit was also a sign of solidarity with Bangladesh, which has been seriously affected by the crisis in neighbouring Myanmar.


Relations with the EU: The Federal Council examines new approaches to settling disputes

31.01.2018 — Media release EDA
At its meeting on 31 January 2018, the Federal Council conducted an in-depth discussion on Swiss European policy. In particular, it discussed the current situation, the medium and long-term objectives of Swiss policy on the European Union (EU), and the way to proceed. The Federal Council would like to further develop Switzerland’s political and economic relations with the EU and for this reason is examining new approaches to settling disputes within the framework of negotiations. It is also mindful to develop solutions that find domestic support. In addition, it has appointed Roberto Balzaretti, currently head of the Directorate of International Law of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), as head of the Directorate of European Affairs (DEA). He will take up his new duties on 1 February 2018. In this capacity he will coordinate all the different negotiations under way with the EU. To carry out this task, he has been given the title of state secretary.


New director of Directorate for European Affairs and other appointments

31.01.2018 — Media release EDA
Personnel changes will take place in 2018 at several Swiss representations abroad and at the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Bern, within the framework of the usual transfer rotation based on appointments made by the Federal Council. The appointment of heads of mission abroad becomes effective following approval by the respective host state.



Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2018

24.01.2018 — Article EDA
Bern, 24.01.2018 – The Federal Council continues to hold the view that the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is of great importance. Five Federal Council members will be attending the event this year; around 60 bilateral meetings are expected to take place. President Alain Berset will be holding meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump. Arrangements for further meetings, such as with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, are still under discussion, as are details of the meeting with President Trump.


Swiss IHRA chairmanship: education about the Holocaust is key to creating awareness about the consequences of racism

23.01.2018 — Media release EDA
Learning and teaching about the Holocaust in schools was the theme of the international study days, held at Lausanne University of Teacher Education. The two-day conference, which the university organised as part of Switzerland’s chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), focused on practical examples and reports of experience from the classroom. The IHRA works to promote research and education about the Holocaust and to keep alive the memory of the victims through commemorations and memorials.


European Ministers of Culture, meeting in Davos, call for a policy of high-quality Baukultur

22.01.2018 — Media release EDA
On 21 and 22 January 2018 the European Ministers of Culture were invited by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, to attend a meeting in Davos. In advance of the Annual Meeting of the WEF they adopted a declaration which highlights pathways for politically and strategically promoting the concept of a high-quality Baukultur in Europe.


New financing mechanisms in international cooperation

18.01.2018 — Media release EDA
The UN estimates that additional funds of USD 2.5 trillion a year will be needed until 2030 to achieve its development goals. On 18 January 2018, a conference in Zürich demonstrated new financing mechanisms, such as ‘Social Impact Bonds’ (SIB).



Presentation of credentials

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


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