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Switzerland and the UK launch negotiations

15.05.2023 — Press release Europa
Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Kemi Badenoch, marked the beginning of negotiations on further developing the bilateral trade agreement. The first round of negotiations will take place in London in May.

President Berset to represent Switzerland at the coronation of Charles III

02.05.2023 — Press release EDA
The President of the Confederation, Alain Berset, will attend the coronation celebrations of King Charles III and Queen Camilla in London. He will represent Switzerland at the ceremony, thus underlining the excellent relations with the UK. The reception by the King and Queen and other members of the Royal Family will be held at Buckingham Palace on Friday, prior to the coronation at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6 May.

Federal Councillor Viola Amherd to sign a declaration of intent on security policy during London visit

20.04.2023 — Press release Europa
Federal Councillor Viola Amherd will meet with her UK counterpart, Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace, in London on 20 April. Talks are to focus on security in Europe and various ways that Switzerland and the UK can increase cooperation in this area. Ms Amherd, head of the DDPS, will also use the occasion to sign a declaration of intent to formalise the countries’ cooperation on security.

More than 800 000 Swiss nationals lived abroad at the end of 2022

06.04.2023 — Press release Europa
In 2022, the population of Swiss citizens residing abroad exceeded the 800 000 mark. This number showed continued growth compared with 2021 (+1.5%), but also between 2002 and 2022 (+34%). Europe was still the preferred continent, although more and more Swiss citizens lived in parts of Asia. These are some of the results of the statistics on the Swiss abroad from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

#WeAreSwitzerland Tour of the UK – Glasgow

14.03.2023 — Local news United Kingdom
#WeAreSwitzerland is an initiative by the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK to highlight and build on the existing partnerships between Switzerland and the UK beyond the London bubble, as well as forging new ones across the fields of innovation, science, economy, politics and culture.

Wales Week 2023

02.03.2023 — Local news United Kingdom
For Wales Week 2023, we had the pleasure of being joined by the Secretary of State for Wales David TC Davies, for an event to highlight the mutual interest between Switzerland and Wales in learning from and investing in each other. And, though it may not seem so at first, our languages create some commonalities as well and we welcomed some outstanding speakers to raise awareness of the efforts by Switzerland and Wales to preserve and promote minority languages.

Delicious Graubünden specialities kick off third edition of Romansh Language Week

20.02.2023 — Press release EDA
Today sees the start of the third international Romansh Language Week ('Emna rumantscha'), an initiative promoted by the FDFA in cooperation with the canton of Graubünden and the Lia Rumantscha. This year's scheduled events include a cookery workshop in Bern involving federal councillor and head of the FDFA, Ignazio Cassis, president of the National Council, Martin Candinas, and other distinguished guests; a themed evening in London; and language courses in New York. The aim is to raise awareness abroad of multilingual Switzerland.

Switzerland – UK: Federal Council approves negotiating mandate

15.02.2023 — Press release Europa
At its meeting on 15 February, the Federal Council approved the mandate to launch negotiations on enhancing the bilateral trade agreement between Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK). The decision is subject to consultation with the relevant parliamentary committees and the Conference of Cantonal Governments.

Switzerland took up its work on the UN Security Council

03.01.2023 — Press release EDA
On 1 January, Switzerland became a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the years 2023 and 2024. Its seat on the Security Council is an opportunity for Switzerland to make its contribution to peace and security in the world, especially in the current tense global political context.

Agreement with the United Kingdom on mutual recognition of conformity assessments

17.11.2022 — Press release Europa
On 17 November, Switzerland and the United Kingdom signed an agreement on the mutual recognition of conformity assessments. This means that in certain sectors, product testing by a UK conformity assessment body is no longer required for exports from Switzerland to the UK. The agreement will be provisionally applied from 1 January 2023 and will enter into force no later than 28 February 2023. It was approved by the Federal Council on 16 November.

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