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Preisausgleich beim Handel mit landwirtschaftlichen Verarbeitungserzeugnissen: Aktualisierung der Referenzpreise per 1. März 2014

21.02.2014 — Press release DEA
Die Referenzpreise gemäss Protokoll Nr. 2 des Freihandelsabkommens Schweiz-EU von 1972 über bestimmte landwirtschaftliche Verarbeitungserzeugnisse werden per 1. März 2014 aktualisiert. Die Vertreter der Schweiz und der EU im Gemischten Ausschuss des Freihandelsabkommens haben am 13. Februar 2014 dem entsprechenden Beschluss zugestimmt. Der Bundesrat hat die Unterzeichnung des Beschlusses zur Anpassung der Referenzpreise am 12. Februar 2014 genehmigt. Parallel zu den Referenzpreisen zur EU werden jene zu Drittländern angepasst.

German Chancellor Merkel assures President of the Swiss Confederation Burkhalter that Germany will play a constructive part in the dialogue on EU policy

18.02.2014 — DEA
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Didier Burkhalter, informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel today about the outcome of the popular vote on the mass immigration initiative and the next steps to be taken by the Federal Council to implement the new constitutional provision on immigration. Ms Merkel assured Mr Burkhalter that Germany would play a constructive part in the aspects of the discussions that touch on EU policy. The meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier centred on the situation in Ukraine and the possible role of the OSCE, which is chaired by Switzerland in 2014, in defusing the crisis. Mr Burkhalter will travel from Berlin to Paris, where he will meet with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius this evening.

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.

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