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Press Release (16.04.2015 - FDJP)

President Sommaruga travels to Zurich and Lausanne with President Hollande

The second day of the state visit by President François Hollande was influenced by the themes of sustainable development, dual-track vocational education and training, economic cooperation between Switzerland and France and cultural exchanges. President Simonetta Sommaruga and her guest travelled to the district of Affoltern before moving on to Zurich and Lausanne.

Press Release (15.04.2015 - FDJP)

French President François Hollande on state visit to Switzerland

Berne. President Simonetta Sommaruga welcomed French President François Hollande to Bern on a two-day state visit – it is the first visit by a French president to Switzerland since 1998. EU policy, cooperation on international issues and economic relations are among the key topics to be addressed during President Hollande’s visit.

Press Release (15.04.2015 - FOJ)

Switzerland returns USD 19.4 million to Brazil

Bern. Switzerland is returning USD 19.4 million to Brazil. The sum relates to assets that had been confiscated by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland as part of criminal proceedings against several Brazilian nationals accused of money laundering.

Press Release (09.04.2015 - FDJP)

State visit by French President François Hollande on 15 and 16 April

Bern. On 15 and 16 April, the Federal Council will receive the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, on a state visit. The visit will focus on the strong and friendly ties between Switzerland and France; talks are also set to cover areas in which Switzerland and France could expand their cooperation. The EU policy of both countries will also be an important topic of discussion.

Press Release (26.03.2015 - FDJP)

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev pays official visit to Bern

Bern. President Simonetta Sommaruga today received the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Atambaev, on an official visit to Bern. President Atambaev then held talks with Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, where discussions covered bilateral relations, the democratic process in the Kyrgyz Republic, development cooperation and cooperation in international organisations.

Press Release (26.03.2015 - fedpol)

Significant increase again in CySARs on property offences

Bern. The Cybercrime Coordination Unit (CYCO) at the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) received 10,214 suspicious activity reports on cybercrime (CySARs) from the public in 2014. This represents an increase of approximately 11% over 2013. Sixty-seven percent of these CySARs concerned property offences, a continuing trend from the previous reporting years.

Press Release (25.03.2015 - FDJP)

Switzerland to ratify the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Berne. On Wednesday 25 March, the Federal Council opened the consultation on the approval of the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Protocol extends the Convention with a communications procedure that enables individuals to report violations of the rights guaranteed by the Convention to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. This new control instrument is intended to ensure that the Convention can be implemented more effectively.

Press Release (13.03.2015 - FDJP)

President of the Swiss Confederation dedicates memorial to the victims of the coach disaster in Sierre

Bern. About 130 family members and friends of the victims of the coach accident in Sierre three years ago gathered on Friday for an official memorial event in Valais. The event, at which a monument was unveiled near the Auguste Piccard amphitheatre in Sierre, was attended by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science Sander Dekker, President Simonetta Sommaruga and representatives of the Canton of Valais.

Press Release (09.03.2015 - FDJP)

Official working visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Bern. On Monday, 9 March, President Simonetta Sommaruga, received the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas on an official working visit to Bern. Discussions focussed on the situation in the Middle East. The Palestinian president also held talks with Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

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