Media Releases

Press Release (08.04.2014, FDJP)
Swiss Federal Council Member Sommaruga at the Conference on Police Co-operation in South-Eastern Europe
Berne. On Tuesday, Swiss Federal Minister of Police and Justice, Simonetta Sommaruga, attended the Ministerial Conference on Regional Police Co-operation in South-Eastern Europe in Opatija, Croatia. Switzerland organised the Conference jointly with Croatia. On the fringes of the Conference, Sommaruga discussed Croatian citizens' access to the Swiss labour market with the Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Vesna Pusić, and the Croatian Minister of the Interior, Ranko Ostojić. On this occasion, matters concerning the referendum of 9 February were also discussed.

Press Release (01.04.2014, FDJP)
Official visit to Bern by the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck
Bern. On 1 April 2014, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Didier Burkhalter, welcomed the Federal President of Germany, Mr Joachim Gauck, for an official visit. Their talks, which were also attended by Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, focused on the varied and close relations between Switzerland and Germany. The meeting was also an opportunity for an exchange of views about direct democracy, Europe's international responsibility and the role of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is chaired by Switzerland this year.

Press Release (01.04.2014, FOM)
Switzerland-Nigeria: a migration partnership that has evolved in three years
Bern. Over three years after Switzerland and Nigeria signed their migration partnership agreement, the delegations of these two countries met today in Abuja for the 5th technical committee meeting. One of the main points of discussion was Switzerland's recently launched regional migration and development programme in West Africa, for which Nigeria is one of the main beneficiaries. The meeting also enabled follow-up of the June 2013 joint action plan to counter irregular migration, improve police cooperation and assess progress made in various projects.

Press Release (27.03.2014, fedpol)
Marked increase in fraud and phishing CySARs


Berne. In 2013, its tenth year of operation, the Cybercrime Coordination Unit (CYCO) at the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) received a total of 9,208 Suspicious Activity Reports on Cybercrime (CySARs) from the public. This represents an increase of more than 11 per cent over 2012. Nearly sixty-one per cent of total reporting volume concerned offences against property, a continuing trend from the previous reporting years.

Press Release (26.03.2014, FDJP)
New system for immigration: Federal Council discusses next steps
Berne. On Wednesday, the Federal Council discussed next steps with regard to the various EU-policy dossiers, following the adoption of the "against mass immigration" initiative. It has mandated the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) to enter into consultations with the European Union, in cooperation with the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) and in agreement with other departments concerned. In particular clarification must be obtained on how discrimination against Croatia can be avoided.

Press Release (11.03.2014, FOJ)
Perinçek: Switzerland requests referral to Grand Chamber
Berne. Switzerland is to request that the European Court of Human Rights have the case of Doğu Perinçek referred to the Grand Chamber for review. The decision was made by the Federal Office of Justice (FoJ). A review would clarify the scope available to the Swiss authorities in applying Swiss criminal law to combat racism.

Press Release (03.03.2014, FDJP)
Federal Councillor Sommaruga informs EU about new constitutional provisions on immigration
Bern. Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, the head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), travelled to Brussels on Monday to inform the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) about the implementation of Switzerland's new constitutional provisions on immigration. She explained that voters in Switzerland had come out in favour of a change of system involving quotas. Switzerland has three years in which to implement the provisions and seek a solution with the EU. The agreement on the free movement of persons will be applied in full until that time.

Press Release (12.02.2014, FDJP)
New system for immigration: Federal Council sets out steps towards implementation
Berne. The Federal Council took a number of initial decisions on Wednesday with regard to implementing the new constitutional provisions on immigration. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) will work with the Departments of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) to draw up an implementation plan by the end of June. A draft law will be presented by the end of the year. At the same time the Federal Council will hold exploratory talks with the European Union (EU) with a view to conducting negotiations on the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) and to clarify the situation with regard to other bilateral negotiations already under way.

Press Release (09.02.2014, FDJP)
Change in immigration system: Yes to popular initiative aimed at stopping mass immigration
Bern. The Swiss population has adopted a popular initiative aimed at stopping mass immigration. This brings with it a change of system in Switzerland’s immigration policy. The new constitutional provisions require that immigration be restricted by means of quantitative limits and quotas. The Federal Council will set to work on implementing these without delay.