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Change in immigration system: Yes to popular initiative aimed at stopping mass immigration

09.02.2014 — Press release DEA
The Swiss population has adopted a popular initiative aimed at stopping mass immigration. This brings with it a change of system in Switzerland’s immigration policy. The new constitutional provisions require that immigration be restricted by means of quantitative limits and quotas. The Federal Council will set to work on implementing these without delay.



Switzerland committed to international cooperation in research and innovation

14.01.2014 — Press release DEA
Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, gave a speech at the national conference in Bern to inaugurate the 8th European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation "Horizon 2020". In his speech, he stressed the great importance that international cooperation in research and innovation has for Switzerland. "International cooperation will continue to increase in response to major global challenges", explained Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann. The conference took place in the presence of EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation Ms Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, who stressed that "Horizon 2020" will improve living standards in Europe and strengthen Europe's economy in the face of international competition.


Project organisation fleshes out third series of corporate tax reforms

19.12.2013 — Press release DEA

Bern, 19.12.2013 - The joint project organisation of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) and the Conference of Cantonal Finance Directors has further developed the tax and fiscal policy thrust of the next series of corporate tax reforms and evaluated various measures. The Federal Council has taken note of this and instructed the FDF to consult the cantons on this basis. The reforms should cause Switzerland to maintain its tax appeal, strengthen its ability to innovate and give a boost to the country as a business location. They are based on solutions that ensure legal certainty, are accepted internationally and are balanced from a fiscal policy viewpoint. Based on the results of the consultation and international developments, the Federal Council will decide how to proceed and instruct the Federal Department of Finance to prepare a consultation draft.


Zuwanderung: Effekte der Standortförderung gering und überwiegend im ländlichen Raum

19.12.2013 — Press release DEA
Der Bericht "Standortförderung und Zuwanderung" im Auftrag des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft (SECO) analysiert die Wirkungszusammenhänge zwischen den Standortförderungsmassnahmen des Bundes und der Zuwanderung. Die Studie von Ecoplan untersucht insbesondere die Standortpromotion, Steuererleichterungen im Rahmen der Regionalpolitik und die Förderung der Beherbergungswirtschaft. In dem die Standortförderung zum Erhalt und zur Schaffung von Arbeitsplätzen beiträgt, wird auch eine leicht erhöhte Zuwanderung von rund vier Prozent ausgelöst. Rund drei Viertel des Zuwanderungseffektes entfallen auf ländliche oder strukturschwache Gebiete abseits der Ballungszentren. Weiter kommt die Studie zum Schluss, dass geförderte Unternehmen ihr Personal nicht wesentlich stärker im Ausland rekrutieren als übrige Unternehmen.



Federal Council recommends rejection of the "Stop mass immigration" Initiative

25.11.2013 — Press release DEA

Bern, The Federal Council recommends the rejection of the "Stop mass immigration” Initiative, which is being put to a popular vote on 9 February 2014. The initiative calls for quotas for all foreign nationals. This would be a reversal of the current proven system of admission and would make it difficult for businesses to recruit the staff they require from abroad. Furthermore, it would jeopardise the bilateral agreements and consequently relations with the European Union.


Flankierende Massnahmen: Informationsveranstaltung zur Verbesserung der Umsetzung

14.11.2013 — Press release DEA
Vertreter der Interessengemeinschaft der paritätischen Berufskommissionen, der Kantone und des Bundes haben am 14. November 2013 im Rahmen einer gemeinsam durchgeführten Veranstaltung über die Massnahmen zur Verbesserung des Vollzugs der flankierenden Massnahmen (FlaM) informiert. Bundesrat Johann N. Schneider-Ammann und der Berner Volkswirtschaftsdirektor Regierungsrat Andreas Rickenbacher verschafften sich einen persönlichen Eindruck von den Verbesserungen und sicherten den Vollzugsorganen ihre Unterstützung zu.


Promising start for Eurostars 2

31.10.2013 — Press release DEA

Bern, 31.10.2013 - The Eurostars 2 funding programme, launched in Brussels on October 30 2013, is the European funding programme to support innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in carrying out market-oriented research. An assessment of the first Eurostars programme 2008-2013 shows that Swiss SMEs that engage in cross-border research and development greatly benefit from the programme.


Third series of corporate tax reforms: Federal Council takes note of consultation report

30.10.2013 — Press release DEA

Bern, 30.10.2013 - At its meeting today, the Federal Council took note of the results of the consultation on the third series of corporate tax reforms interim report. What is expressed in the opinions is that the approach is supported by all of the cantons and the majority of the associations consulted. The project organisation for the third series of corporate tax reforms will now draw up a final report based on these results and will submit its proposals on the further course of action to the Federal Council.


Federal Council rejects Ecopop Initiative

23.10.2013 — Press release DEA

The information was corrected or amended after publication. (31.03.2014)

Bern, 23.10.2013 - The Federal Council has issued a dispatch on the federal popular initiative entitled ‘Stop overpopulation – safeguard our natural environment’. Parliament is requested to put the initiative to the vote among the electorate and cantons, with the recommendation to reject the proposal. Furthermore, no direct counter-proposal to the initiative is made. When it presented its discussion paper on 29 May 2013, the Federal Council was already of the opinion that the objectives and content of the initiative could not be reconciled either with Switzerland’s current immigration policy nor with Swiss practice in international development cooperation.


Ausländerstatistik per Ende August 2013

22.10.2013 — Press release DEA

Bern - Ende August 2013 lebten insgesamt 1 864 699 Ausländerinnen und Ausländer in der Schweiz. Das sind 23,2 Prozent der gesamten Wohnbevölkerung. Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr sind dies 60 148 Personen (+3,3%) mehr. Die meisten von ihnen stammen aus den EU-27/EFTA-Staaten (1 230 513, 66%). 67 668 Ausländerinnen und Ausländer sind zwischen 1. September 2012 und 31. August 2013 aus der Schweiz ausgewandert (in der gleichen Zeitspanne 2012: 67 757).

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