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No signing of Swiss–EU institutional agreement

26.05.2021 — Press releases EDA
At its meeting on 26 May, the Federal Council undertook an overall evaluation of the outcome of the negotiations on the institutional framework agreement (InstA). It concluded that there remain substantial differences between Switzerland and the EU on key aspects of the agreement. The conditions are thus not met for the signing of the agreement. The Federal Council today took the decision not to sign the agreement, and communicated this decision to the EU. This brings the negotiations on the draft of the InstA to a close. The Federal Council nevertheless considers it to be in the shared interest of Switzerland and the EU to safeguard their well-established cooperation and to systematically maintain the agreements already in force. It therefore wishes to launch a political dialogue with the EU on continued cooperation. Meanwhile, it has tasked the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) to consider how autonomous amendments to Swiss legislation might contribute to the stabilisation of Swiss–EU relations.

Swiss IHRA chairmanship: education about the Holocaust is key to creating awareness about the consequences of racism

23.01.2018 — Press releases EDA
Learning and teaching about the Holocaust in schools was the theme of the international study days, held at Lausanne University of Teacher Education. The two-day conference, which the university organised as part of Switzerland’s chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), focused on practical examples and reports of experience from the classroom. The IHRA works to promote research and education about the Holocaust and to keep alive the memory of the victims through commemorations and memorials.

Human rights at the centre of the fight against poverty and humanitarian aid

10.12.2017 — Article DEZA
On the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2017, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) takes stock of its efforts to promote human rights. The SDC aims to promote these rights in all its activities by adopting a people-centred approach while enhancing compliance with human rights obligations by duty bearers and strengthening people's ability to exercise their rights.

Philippines: Swiss hostage is free

06.12.2014 — Press releases EDA
The Swiss national who had been held by Philippine kidnappers since 1 February 2012 is free. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has received this news with great relief.

Inauguration of the Swiss embassy in Oman in the presence of FDFA State Secretary Yves Rossier

12.11.2014 — Press releases EDA
On Wednesday 12 November 2014, the state secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Yves Rossier, officially opened the Swiss embassy in Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, within the framework of an official two-day visit that included the political dialogue that the two countries conduct on a regular basis. The new embassy is housed in the same building as the embassy of the Netherlands.

The President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Didier Burkhalter, will represent Switzerland at the Third Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands

20.03.2014 — Press releases EDA
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Didier Burkhalter, will represent Switzerland at the Third Nuclear Security Summit to be held on Monday and Tuesday (24 and 25 March) in The Hague, at the invitation of Dutch Prime Minister, Mr Mark Rutte. More than fifty presidents, prime ministers and ministers are expected as well as UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mr Yukiya Amano. Mr Burkhalter will also take the opportunity to meet representatives of the governments invited to the summit.

Swiss government names new Ambassadors

13.11.2013 — Press releases EDA
The Swiss government (Federal Council) has approved the list of diplomatic staff transfers scheduled for 2014 submitted by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The changes will be made in accordance with the normal rate of transfers, to be communicated at the time of the decision by the Federal Council. The appointments of Heads of Mission take effect as soon as the authorities in the host country communicate their approval. The Federal Council takes this opportunity to express its gratitude to the Ambassadors due to retire for the services rendered.

Switzerland and the Netherlands strengthen consular cooperation

26.08.2013 — Press releases EDA
Federal Councillor Burkhalter has met the Dutch foreign minister, Frans Timmermans, for bilateral talks during his working visit to The Hague. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and his Dutch counterpart discussed the Federal Council's mandate to negotiate institutional issues with the EU. The two foreign ministers also signed an agreement establishing a framework for specific joint measures relating to consular services.

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter on working visit to the Netherlands

23.08.2013 — Press releases EDA
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will travel to The Hague to meet the Dutch foreign minister, Frans Timmermans. As part of his working visit to the Netherlands, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) will also visit the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), both of which are based in The Hague.

Switzerland participates in the Hague Conference on Afghanistan

31.03.2009 — Press releases EDA
By its civil activity on behalf of the Afghani population and institutions, Switzerland is participating in the efforts of the international community in Afghanistan. Martin Dahinden Director of the SDC confirmed this commitment by Switzerland during the conference held in the Hague today 31 March 2009 at the joint invitation of Afghanistan, the Netherlands and the UN.

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