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Water Security in the Middle East

17.02.2010 — Press release EDA
An international workshop on Water Security in the Middle East was held at Montreux on February 15-16., attracting participation of 60 leading policymakers, including members of Parliament, former Cabinet Ministers, research senior leaders of Water Commissions and heads of research institutions from across the Middle East.

Almost 685,000 Swiss nationals living abroad

17.02.2010 — Press release EDA
The number of Swiss nationals living abroad rose in 2009 by 8,798 to 684,974. In 2000, 580,396 Swiss nationals were living abroad. The increase is caused mainly by the number of persons with dual nationality, which has risen from 405,921 to 493,468.

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter signs Swiss-EU bilateral agreement

15.02.2010 — Press release EDA
Today, a new Swiss-EU bilateral agreement was signed by Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Ms Androulla Vassiliou, the EU Commissioner for Culture, Education, Multiligualism, and Youth and Mr Ángel Gabilondo Pujol, Spanish Minister of Education and representative of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This bilateral agreement will enable Switzerland to officially take part in EU education, training and youth programmes.

Federal Councillor Calmy-Rey in the Democratic Republic of Congo

10.02.2010 — Press release EDA
Today, Wednesday, Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey had talks at ministerial-level in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The discussions centred around bilateral relations, Francophonie, and development cooperation, specifically in regard to healthcare. Afterwards the head of the FDFA travelled to the province of South Kivu to visit programmes run by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Interlaken Conference: Switzerland spurs the reform of the European Court of Human Rights

10.02.2010 — Press release EDA
The Ministerial Conference planned by Switzerland for Thursday and Friday of next week, 18 and 19 February, in Interlaken aims at decisively encouraging the reform of the chronically overburdened European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In this way Switzerland confirms its traditional commitment to protect human rights and ensures in the long term the future of the ECHR.

Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to Tanzania

08.02.2010 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey will travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to Tanzania from 9-13 February 2010 to hold talks on ministerial level. While in the DRC, she will visit SDC programmes in South Kivu Province in the east of the country. The trip will focus on Switzerland’s cooperation and development activities, in particular in the health sector.

The Duvalier accounts remain blocked while a draft law will be reviewed that could permit illicit assets to be confiscated

03.02.2010 — Press release EDA
In pursuing its policy to avoid allowing the Swiss financial centre to become a haven for illicitly acquired assets, the Federal Council has reached a decision to continue the freeze on the Duvalier assets on the basis of the Constitution. In view of the criminal origin of these funds, the Federal Council in this way avoids releasing the approximately USD 5.7 million for the benefit of the Duvalier clan, which the Federal Criminal Court deems to be a criminal organisation. At the same time, the Federal Council has instructed the FDFA to complete by the end of the month its work on drafting a federal law that would ultimately allow such assets to be confiscated, and to submit the draft law for consultation.

Official working visit by Chinese Vice Premier LI Keqiang

26.01.2010 — Press release EDA
The Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, LI Keqiang, today opened celebrations for the ‘60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and China’ with an official working visit. He was received at the Lohn Country Residence in Kehrsatz by President Doris Leuthard, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (FDEA), and Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The talks addressed bilateral relations in general, economic relations, political dialogue as well as the financial crisis.

Federal Councillor Calmy-Rey in talks with the Foreign Minister of Singapore, George Yeo

26.01.2010 — Press release EDA
On Tuesday, Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey met the Foreign Minister of Singapore, George Yeo, in Bern for talks. In addition to a discussion on bilateral relations, the agenda of the meeting included international issues such as co-operation within the United Nations and the OECD, as well as other questions concerning global governance.

Official working visit to Bern by the Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandroković

21.01.2010 — Press release EDA
On 21 January 2010, the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, received the Croatian Foreign Minister, Gordan Jandroković, for a working visit. The talks covered issues including bilateral and international relations, Croatia’s EU prospects, and Switzerland’s chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. In addition, two treaties were signed.

Swiss aid to Haiti

21.01.2010 — Press release EDA
A team from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) was already on its way to Haiti within 10 hours after the devastating earthquake struck on 12 January. In the capital, Port-au-Prince, its first task was to reinforce the experts at the SDC Programme Office. In the meantime, the team in Haiti and the Dominican Republic has been expanded to more than 50 members.

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