Working visit of Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf to Greece

Press releases, 04.02.2014

Bern, 04.02.2014 - Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF), paid a working visit to Athens today, where the focus was on talks with the Greek Finance Minister, Yannis Stournaras.

The main items discussed by Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras were bilateral financial and tax issues. Both sides expressed their willingness to continue the negotiations on closer cooperation in the area of taxation and finance. The talks are to be pursued against the backdrop of the OECD's efforts to develop a global standard for the automatic exchange of information.

In addition, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras informed Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf about the focal points of Greece's Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Matters raised included EU financial market regulation, dialogue with the EU on business taxation, reform of the taxation of savings income and the eurozone debt crisis.

The talks between Greece and Switzerland will continue on a technical level.

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