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The Federal Council adopts principles for institutional solutions with the EU

25.04.2012 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council has adopted a number of institutional principles at a special meeting devoted to current aspects of Switzerland’s policy on Europe. They are intended to form the basis for proposals on institutional solutions that Switzerland will submit to the EU. They will now be submitted to the Foreign Affairs Committees of the National Council and Council of States, the cantons and the social partners for consultations.

Successful mediation between Russia and Georgia by Switzerland

24.04.2012 — Press release EDA
Representatives of Georgia and of Russia today signed a bilateral agreement in Geneva governing customs administration and the supervision of commercial goods. The agreement was reached thanks to mediation by Switzerland. On the basis of its protective mandate for the two countries, Switzerland mediated between Russia and Georgia and brought the negotiations to a successful conclusion. The signing of the bilateral agreement paves the way for Russia to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the near future.

Official visit to Bern by the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman

24.04.2012 — Press release EDA
On 24 April 2012 Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter received the Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman for an official working visit in Bern. The talks covered relations between Switzerland and Israel, the Middle East peace process, humanitarian aspects and the development of the political situation in the Middle East and North Africa.

Swiss woman hostage in Mali freed

24.04.2012 — Press release EDA
A Swiss woman kidnapped on 15 April in Timbuktu, Mali, has been freed. The woman was released into the custody of a representative of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) by the group holding her. She has been transferred to a safe place, and is reported to be in good health considering the circumstances.

Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons Switzerland – EU: Invocation of the Safeguard Clause with respect to the EU-8 States

20.04.2012 — Press release EDA
At its meeting today, the Federal Council has decided to invoke the safeguard clause provided for in the Agreement between Switzerland and the EU on the free movement of persons, applying it to the EU-8 Member States. As of 1 May 2012, category B residence permits granted to citizens of these countries will be subject to quotas. Furthermore, the Federal Council has decided to examine additional measures in the domain of accompanying measures and on the issue of integration.

Yearly consultations of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission in Seoul

19.04.2012 — Press release EDA
Representatives of Poland, Sweden and Switzerland, Member States of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) in Korea, met in Seoul on the 18th and 19th of April 2012 for their yearly consultations. Discussions focused on current tasks of the NNSC and recent developments on the Korean Peninsula. The NNSC Member States reasserted their long-term commitment to contribute to a permanent peace solution on the Korean Peninsula.

IMF and World Bank Group 2012 Spring Meetings

19.04.2012 — Press release EDA
At the 2012 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, the ministerial steering committee of the IMF will consider an extraordinary increase in IMF resources. Switzerland is prepared to make a substantial contribution to these measures designed to stabilise the financial system within the scope of a concerted action by important creditor countries. The other topics covered at the Spring Meetings include the state of the global economy, the surveillance work of the IMF and its governance. The main topics for the Development Committee are the use of the private sector as an instrument for development and the need for social safety nets.

Switzerland to participate in the advance team of the UN mission to Syria

18.04.2012 — Press release EDA
On Wednesday, the Federal Council decided to send up to six members of the Swiss Armed Forces to take part in the advance team of the UN mission to report on a cessation of violence in Syria. They will be deployed as unarmed military observers. This decision was taken following a request from the UN.

The Prosecutor designate of the International Criminal Court in Bern

17.04.2012 — Press release EDA
Today, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), has received for a working visit the recently designated prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs Fatou Bensouda. The meeting offered the opportunity to discuss the role of the ICC, the priorities of the new Prosecutor and Switzerland’s contribution to the success of the ICC. Later, Mrs Bensouda met Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FPJP). Their discussion focused on cooperation.

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