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Press Release (11.02.2015 - FDJP)

Controlling immigration: Federal Council approves draft legislation and negotiating mandate

Berne. On 9 February 2014, Swiss citizens voted for Switzerland to control and restrict immigration autonomously and at the same time for an amendment to the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons with the European Union (EU), while safeguarding Switzerland’s overall economic interests. On Wednesday, the Federal Council took various decisions on the implementation of the new constitutional provisions. It approved the draft of the new legislation on foreign nationals and additional measures to make better use of the potential workforce within Switzerland. It also made a final decision on the negotiating mandate with the EU on the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons.

Press Release (21.01.2015 - FDJP)

Working meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Davos

Berne. President Simonetta Sommaruga, Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf and Federal Councillor Alain Berset today met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Talks focused on cooperation in the business and finance sector.

Press Release (20.01.2015 - FDJP)

Programme of the Federal Councillors attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2015

Bern. The Federal Council believes that the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting is of great importance to Davos and to Switzerland. Each year, this event brings together leaders from the worlds of business and government. It serves as a venue for an informal exchange of opinions on major topical issues. In view of the current economic and political challenges, the opportunity for such direct contact among decision-makers from government, business and civil society is extremely valuable.

Press Release (07.01.2015 - FDJP)

Federal Council condemns attack in Paris

Bern. On behalf of the people of Switzerland, the Federal Council extends its deep condolences to the families of the victims of the attack on the editorial office of the magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Press Release (13.10.2014 - FDJP)

President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter receives Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev

Berne. The President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Bukhalter, received the President of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, on Monday 13 October 2014 during the latter’s official visit to Switzerland. Talks focused on relations and cooperation between Switzerland and Bulgaria, notably in the field of vocational education and training. The meeting, also attended by Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, included discussions on Swiss policy on Europe, Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement and various topical international issues, especially those related to the OSCE, which Switzerland is chairing in 2014.

Press Release (17.09.2014 - FDJP)

Official visit by Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel

Bern. 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.

Press Release (31.07.2014 - SEM)

Migration Report 2013 published

Bern. Restructuring in the asylum sector, a week of action against trafficking in human beings, and the admission of groups of Syrian refugees are just some of the issues that the Federal Office for Migration (FOM) dealt with in 2013. The Migration Report 2013, which was published today, contains numbers and statistics, along with reports on the FOM's various activities.

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