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European Space Agency’s ESA successful Ministerial Council meeting in Switzerland

02.12.2016 — Media release DEA
The Ministers responsible for space affairs from ESA Member States came together on 1-2 December 2016 to make important decisions, namely on the strategy to ensure Europe reinforces its excellence in space science and technology; maximising the integration of space into European society and on fostering a competitive European space sector. The meeting in Lucerne, the first one on Swiss territory, was also the occasion for Switzerland and Luxembourg to pass on the Ministerial Presidency to Spain.


President Schneider-Ammann attends ESA Ministerial Council

01.12.2016 — Media release DEA
On 1 December, President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann addressed the ministers of the 22 member states of the European Space Agency ESA and Canada in Lucerne. Switzerland has co-chaired ESA with Luxembourg since 2012. Spain will take over the chairmanship at the meeting in Lucerne.


Visit by the President of the Swiss Confederation to Kuwait underlines intensification of relations

28.11.2016 — Media release DEA

Bern, - On Monday, 28 November, President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann was received for a state visit by Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s head of state. The visit by the Swiss president forms part of an intensified series of diplomatic visits to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Kuwait which began in 1966. The official talks focused on bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries at international level. At the weekend, the president attended the Francophonie Summit in Madagascar where he also met with a number of heads of state on the fringes of the conference, including French President François Hollande.        


Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter in Slovenia to explore avenues for future cooperation

15.11.2016 — Media release DEA
“Relations between Switzerland and Slovenia are excellent and very constructive. Our challenge is to maintain and develop them further in the future”, stated Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter during one of several meetings in Ljubljana on 15 November 2016. The two countries’ commitment and developments in relations with the European Union will be key to achieving this goal. Mr Burkhalter met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Karl Erjavec, Prime Minister Miro Cerar and the Speaker of Slovenia’s National Assembly, Milan Brglez.


Withholding tax agreement with United Kingdom to be terminated

14.11.2016 — Media release DEA
The withholding tax agreement between Switzerland and the United Kingdom will be terminated on 1 January 2017. The agreement between Switzerland and the EU on the automatic exchange of information in tax matters will enter into force on that date. On 14 November 2016, Switzerland and the United Kingdom signed a corresponding agreement in London to ensure a smooth transition between the two models.


Polish President Andrzej Duda pays official visit to Switzerland

14.11.2016 — Media release DEA
On Monday, 14 November, President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann received Polish President Andrzej Duda in Bern for an official visit. The official talks, attended by two further members of the Federal Council, focused on bilateral relations and also covered European and economic policy issues. In connection with the theme of dual-track vocational education and training, the two presidents later visited a local business.


Withholding tax agreement with Austria to be terminated

11.11.2016 — Media release DEA
The withholding tax agreement between Switzerland and Austria will be terminated on 1 January 2017. The agreement between Switzerland and the EU on the automatic exchange of information in tax matters will enter into force on that date. On 11 November 2016, Switzerland and Austria signed a corresponding agreement in Bern to ensure a smooth transition between the two models.


Visit of the Kosovar Minister of Foreign Affairs: focus on stability

09.11.2016 — Media release DEA
Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, Didier Burkhalter, received today his Kosovar counterpart Enver Hoxhaj in Bern as part of an official visit. The two ministers addressed a number of questions related to the close bilateral relations between Switzerland and Kosovo, specifically from the perspective of the two countries' mutual interests in migration and development cooperation. The agenda also featured both the regional context – relations with neighbouring states and the normalisation of relations with Serbia – and international and multilateral issues.




President Schneider-Ammann meets Chancellor Merkel and President Gauck

02.11.2016 — Media release DEA
On Wednesday, 2 November, President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann met with Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Joachim Gauck and Education and Research Minister Johanna Wanka in Berlin. Talks focused on bilateral relations between Switzerland and Germany, as well as on European and education policy related issues. The subject of migration was also addressed.


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