Official visit by the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker

Bern, Press release, 15.09.2010

President Doris Leuthard, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (FDEA), and Federal Councillor Hans-Rudolf Merz, head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF), today received Jean-Claude Juncker, the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, at the Lohn country residence in Kehrsatz. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Finance Minister Luc Frieden and Minister of Economic Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jeannot Krecké. Discussions focussed on bilateral relations, economic, financial and fiscal issues as well as on the European policy of both countries.

Topics raised during the meeting included the eurozone currency crisis, multilateral cooperation and the challenges relating to international regulatory activities facing the financial centres of both countries. The meeting also provided an opportunity to exchange views on each country's respective European policy and discuss international developments.

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Switzerland enjoy a long tradition of excellent and friendly bilateral relations. Multilingualism, the natural tendency to seek political consensus, a financial centre of international importance and the proximity of the government to the people are just some of the many characteristics shared by the two countries.

Address for enquiries:

Simone Hug, Press spokesperson FDEA, Tel. +41 (0)79 597 34 36
Daniel Saameli, Press spokesperson FDF, Tel. +41 (0)79 378 33 32


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