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Topical politics and historical events: President Burkhalter meets representatives of the Belgian government in Brussels, and attends commemoration of First World War casualties in Ypres

14.11.2014 — Press release EDA
Today's visit of President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter to Belgium has two distinct parts. This morning he was received by Philippe, King of the Belgians, and held political talks with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders. The afternoon is dedicated to commemorating the suffering and the victims of the First World War, when President Burkhalter will visit a trench system from that time in Ypres, and take part in a ceremony of remembrance with three classes of Swiss schoolchildren. For President Burkhalter, visiting the former battlefields in West Flanders is symbolic of the ongoing need to do everything possible to secure peace.


The President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, meets the Maltese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr George W. Vella

04.11.2014 — Press release EDA
The President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) met the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Malta on Tuesday for an official working visit at the Watteville House in Bern. The meeting was an opportunity to take stock of various international and multilateral issues and of the development of bilateral relations between Switzerland and Malta. A memorandum of understanding was signed.


"Zusammen die Zukunft bauen" (de)

22.10.2014 — Article EDA

Bern, 22.10.2014 - Greeting by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Didier Burkhalter, at the ceremony of attaining the legal age of majority jointly organized by the city of Bern, the FDFA, and the OSA - Check against delivery


Official visit by Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel

17.09.2014 — Press release EDA
President Didier Burkhalter welcomed Luxembourg’s prime minister to Neuchâtel on 17 September for an official working visit. Their talks focused on the countries’ bilateral relations, relations between Switzerland and the EU, immigration policy and Switzerland and Luxembourg’s co-presidency of the European Space Agency. In the afternoon Mr Bettel met Federal Councillors Simonetta Sommaruga and Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf in Bern to discuss issues relating to immigration and financial and fiscal policy.


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

09.02.2014 — Press release EDA
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.


Temporary visa facilitation for Syrian nationals lifted

29.11.2013 — Press release EDA
On 4 September 2013, the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) ordered an easing of visa requirements for Syrian nationals with relatives in Switzerland. This measure was aimed at facilitating temporary stay for war-afflicted relatives of Syrians living in Switzerland. As most of the relatives who were in direct need and therefore entitled to facilitated visa requirements have since made use of the measure, the directive was lifted on Friday by the FDJP.


Federal Council recommends rejection of the

25.11.2013 — Press release EDA
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.


President of the Confederation Ueli Maurer, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter and Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga to attend the 68th UN General Assembly in New York

20.09.2013 — Press release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation Ueli Maurer and Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will represent Switzerland at the high-level week of the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York, from 23 to 27 September. At the opening of the General Debate, the president of the Confederation will set out the main points of Switzerland’s policy on the United Nations, while Federal Councillor Burkhalter will take part in several conferences dealing with current issues. On 3 and 4 October, Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga will attend the High-Level UN Dialogue on Migration and Development, in New York.


Switzerland increases support for the Federal Government of Somalia at ministerial Somalia conference in Brussels

16.09.2013 — Press release EDA
On 16 September, Switzerland is taking part in the international conference on Somalia in Brussels, with a delegation headed by Martin Dahinden, director-general of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The outcome of the conference is to be a "compact" with Somalia to rebuild the country. Within the framework of its 2013-2016 Horn of Africa strategy, Switzerland is active in the region in a number of areas: diplomacy, humanitarian aid, development cooperation, the promotion of peace and security, and migration.


Official working visit of Georgian foreign minister to Switzerland

13.09.2013 — Press release EDA
On 13 September 2013, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, received Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze for an official working visit. A visa facilitation agreement was signed in Neuchâtel during the visit. Other topics of discussion included the Swiss chairmanship of the OSCE in 2014, Switzerland's efforts to promote peace in the South Caucasus, and economic cooperation between the two states.


Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter on official working visit to Morocco

05.09.2013 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will make an official working visit to Morocco on Friday 6 September 2013. It is the first official visit of a head of Swiss diplomacy to the country. Mr Burkhalter will meet with the Moroccan minister for foreign affairs and cooperation, Saad-Eddine El Othmani. He will also talk with the Moroccan head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane, and interior minister, Mohand Laenser.


Progress in the migration partnership between Switzerland and Nigeria, also in the area of asylum and returns

20.06.2013 — Press release EDA
Today Switzerland and Nigeria have held talks on the migration partnership between the two countries, on the occasion of the visit to Switzerland of Nigerian Secretary of State Martin Uhomoibhi. The discussions covered joint activities and projects in various areas, such as police cooperation and cooperation with the Nigerian diaspora in the area of professional training. The action plan presented by Switzerland with regard to asylum and returns was accepted by Nigeria.

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