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Four focal points of President Leuthard’s bilateral talks in Davos

20.01.2017 — Media release DEA

Bern, Switzerland’s relations with the European Union (EU), international energy and climate policy, migration issues and current challenges in the field of peace and security: these were the focal points of President Doris Leuthard’s bilateral talks on the fringes of this year’s WEF Annual Meeting in Davos. The president held lengthy talks with over a dozen heads of state and government, and met Maroš Šefčovič, the vice president of the European Commission.


Informal G10 Ministerial Gathering

20.01.2017 — Media release DEA
Ministers and high officials from G10 countries met on 20 January 2017 in the fringes of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, at the invitation of Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann. The G10 Members assessed current issues of the WTO negotiations on agriculture and emphasized their willingness to constructively engage in upcoming trade talks ahead of the next WTO Ministerial Conference.


Creating the tiniest structures on surfaces - Empa participating in EU Project «ELENA»

12.01.2017 — Media release DEA
Nanotechnology is regarded as the key technology of the 21st century, delivering the fundamental methods which allow objects just a few hundred nanometres in size to be produced in any required shape. These objects find applications practically everywhere – be it for microprocessors and electrical circuits in computers, in the telecommunications industry, or in medicine and biotechnology – to name just a few fields of use. To encourage the development of new manufacturing processes the EU recently established the Marie Curie Training Network «ELENA» (low energy electron-driven chemistry for the advantage of emerging nanofabrication methods). Empa is one of the participants of the project, together with 13 universities, three other research institutes and five commercial establishments, drawn from a total of 13 different countries.


Federal Council issues the 2016 Foreign Economic Policy Report

11.01.2017 — Media release DEA
On 11 January 2017 the Federal Council released the 2016 Foreign Economic Policy Report. The feature topic highlights current challenges facing Swiss foreign economic policy. Appropriate economic conditions should enable Swiss companies to have better access to foreign markets, and to make use of new business opportunities emerging with digitalisation.


Initiation of consultation on amendments to Liquidity Ordinance

10.01.2017 — Media release DEA
On 10 January 2017, the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) initiated the consultation on amendments to the Liquidity Ordinance (LiqO). The revision should ensure that the requirements of the international framework agreement Basel III on the net stable funding ratio (NSFR) will be implemented. The consultation will last until 10 April 2017.


Summer heat for the winter

10.01.2017 — Media release DEA
Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Within a European research consortium Empa scientists and their colleagues have spent four years studying this question by pitting three different techniques against each other.


Die Lage auf dem Arbeitsmarkt im Dezember 2016 / Jahresdurchschnitte 2016

10.01.2017 — Media release DEA
Registrierte Arbeitslosigkeit im Dezember 2016 - Gemäss den Erhebungen des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft (SECO) waren Ende Dezember 2016 159’372 Arbeitslose bei den Regionalen Arbeitsvermittlungszentren (RAV) eingeschrieben, 10’144 mehr als im Vormonat. Die Arbeitslosenquote stieg damit von 3,3% im November 2016 auf 3,5% im Berichtsmonat. Gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat erhöhte sich die Arbeitslosigkeit um 743 Personen (+0,5%).


SERI News, January 17

09.01.2017 — Media release DEA
Information from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI: Switzerland’s ERI policy for 2017–2020 / swissnexday’16 / Project contributions 2017–2020 / ...


Einladung zum Mediengespräch in der Direktion für Arbeit des SECO

04.01.2017 — Media release DEA
Das SECO publiziert am 10. Januar 2017 die Arbeitslosenzahlen vom Dezember 2016. Basierend auf den neuesten Arbeitsmarktdaten informiert die Direktion für Arbeit im Rahmen eines Mediengesprächs über die Entwicklung im Jahr 2016 und gibt einen Ausblick für 2017. Gleichzeitig werden die wichtigsten Herausforderungen zu aktuellen Themen aus der Direktion für Arbeit angesprochen.



Double taxation agreements with Norway and Albania enter into force

22.12.2016 — Media release DEA
The double taxation agreements (DTAs) which Switzerland concluded with Norway and Albania have entered into force. The two DTAs have been updated with a protocol of amendment. They promote the development of economic relations with these two countries.


Federal Council decides on basic parameters for counter-proposal to Rasa initiative

21.12.2016 — Media release Mission EU Brussels

Bern, 21.12.2016 - In October, the Federal Council decided to submit a direct counter-proposal to the Rasa initiative. At its meeting on 21 December 2016, it resolved to draw up two versions of a counter-proposal for consultation and determined the basic parameters for the contents of both versions. 

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