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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.

Press Release (04.07.2014 - SEM)

Switzerland and IGAD sign framework agreement on partnership and cooperation

Bern. The Swiss ambassador in Ethiopia, Andrea Semadeni, and the executive secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Mahboub Maalim, have signed a framework agreement on partnership and cooperation between Switzerland and IGAD today in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which comes into force with today's signing, provides for increased cooperation between Switzerland and IGAD in the Horn of Africa in food security, migration, peace and security, as well as in the field of science.

Press Release (20.06.2014 - FDJP)

Federal Council presents concept for implementing the new article on immigration

Bern. On Friday, the Federal Council approved the concept for implementing the new article of the Federal Constitution on immigration. The concept outlines how the Federal Council will set the quantitative limits and quotas for controlling migration to Switzerland from February 2017. The Federal Council will base its decision not only on the needs reported by the cantons, but also on the analyses of an advisory committee. Social partners will also be consulted. Quotas will apply to all types of permit valid for four months or more. To meet the needs of the labour market, it is planned to foster and exploit the potential of the workforce already available in Switzerland. The proposals are set out in the Federal Council's concept for implementing the new provisions of the Constitution on immigration. In the concept, which it approved on Friday, the Federal Council lays down important benchmarks for the draft legislation due to follow at the end of year.

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