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Federal Council intends to step up exploratory talks with the EU

17.06.2022 — Press release EDA
At its European policy retreat on 17 June 2022, the Federal Council was briefed on the status of the exploratory talks between Switzerland and the EU. The Federal Council decided on this basis to step up the exploratory talks with the EU. It also took note of the final report on the removal of regulatory differences between Swiss and EU law. The scope for action and possible solutions identified in the final report will be taken into consideration in further exploratory talks with the EU.

Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano: comprehensive security measures

10.06.2022 — Press release EDA
The Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC 2022) being held in Lugano on 4 and 5 July 2022 will focus on the reconstruction of Ukraine. The conference is taking place against the backdrop of heightened international tensions and comprehensive security measures are therefore needed. At its meeting on 10 June 2022, the Federal Council decided that the conference qualifies as an exceptional event. This means that the federal government will contribute to the security costs incurred by the canton of Ticino. The Federal Council also decided to deploy up to 1,600 military personnel on an ancillary basis, with air policing provided by the Swiss Armed Forces.

Switzerland's election to the UN Security Council

09.06.2022 — Press release EDA
On 9 June 2022, the UN General Assembly elected Switzerland as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a two-year period from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024. During its term, Switzerland will use its strengths to promote peace and security and position itself as a neutral bridge-builder, and promote its interests through direct contact with the major players on the international stage. Switzerland will be able to use its seat on the Security Council to promote its stance more strongly and thus exert influence on international developments as a credible partner.

Philip Jaffé elected for second term on UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

06.06.2022 — Press release EDA
Professor Philip D. Jaffé has been re-elected to the Committee on the Rights of the Child for the period 2023–27. The committee consists of 18 independent experts whose mission is to monitor the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The election by the states parties to the CRC took place in New York on 6 June 2022.

Federal Councillor Alain Berset to attend Milan Design Week

03.06.2022 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Alain Berset will travel to Milan on Monday, 6 June, for the opening of Milan Design Week, where he will meet with various Swiss designers who will be gathering together for the first time under the same roof at the House of Switzerland Milano.

Confiscation proceedings in connection with 2014 Ukraine revolution

25.05.2022 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 25 May 2022, the Federal Council decided to launch administrative confiscation proceedings for assets frozen in Switzerland following the Ukrainian revolution of February 2014. Switzerland is thus providing support to Ukraine, which is facing certain difficulties in its efforts to confiscate these assets. These difficulties have been compounded since the start of the war in Ukraine. Today’s decision is unrelated to the sanctions imposed against Russia in 2022.

President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis on official visit to Prague and Vienna

24.05.2022 — Press release EDA
On 26 May, President Cassis will be received by his Czech counterpart in Prague where he will also hold talks with the Czech Ministers for Foreign Affairs and European Affairs on the Czech Presidency of the EU Council. Mr Cassis, who is also the head of the FDFA, will present Switzerland's negotiation package with the EU before travelling to Vienna to meet the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, where talks will focus on nuclear safety and security in Ukraine.

Switzerland prioritises prevention and preparedness at international conference on disaster risk reduction in Bali

24.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will participate in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, the largest international conference on disaster risk reduction, in Bali, Indonesia, from 23 to 28 May 2022. Government representatives and experts from business, academia and civil society will discuss global policies to prevent disasters and emergencies. The conference will mobilise governments, the UN system and key stakeholders to step up disaster risk reduction efforts and advance the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ukraine Conference in Lugano to focus on recovery

24.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Following Russia’s attack on Ukraine on 24 February, Switzerland and Ukraine decided to realign the scheduled 5th Ukraine Reform Conference and dedicate it instead to the country’s recovery; the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022) will take place in Lugano on 4-5 July. Invitations were sent out last week to around 40 states and 18 international organisations. President Ignazio Cassis, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba gave a briefing about the aims of the conference on the fringes of the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos on Tuesday, 24 May.

Council of Europe: 132nd ministerial session marked by Ukraine war

20.05.2022 — Press release EDA
On 19 and 20 May, State Secretary Livia Leu took part in the 132nd Council of Europe ministerial session in Turin, organised by the Italian chair of the Committee of Ministers. This year's session, which was marked by Russia's military aggression against Ukraine and its consequent exclusion from the Council, provided the high representatives of the other 46 member states with the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to common values: human rights, democracy and the rule of law. In her speech, Ms Leu underscored the long-standing partnership between Switzerland and the Council of Europe in Ukraine, and referred to the upcoming Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022) in Lugano.

Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2022

20.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Following the cancellation of last year’s gathering and a postponement owing to the pandemic, the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is being held in spring for the first time. President Ignazio Cassis will open the Annual Meeting together with WEF founder Prof. Klaus Schwab on Monday, 23 May.

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