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Federal Council report on international cooperation with NGOs

29.01.2020 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council's report on international cooperation with NGOs in partner countries, adopted at its meeting of 29 January 2020, has concluded that conditions for international cooperation with NGOs are good. According to the report, which the Federal Council produced in response to two parliamentary procedural requests, the FDFA's management and control instruments enable a careful selection of NGOs, ensure effective cooperation and allow professional management of risks. The FDFA incorporates the lessons learned from its cooperation with NGOs in politically highly polarised contexts like the Middle East conflict into the ongoing development of its toolkit.


Federal Council approves 2019 foreign policy report

29.01.2020 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council approved the 2019 foreign policy report at its meeting on 29 January. The report provides an overview of Switzerland’s foreign policy priorities of the past 12 months. These include its EU policy, relations with global priority countries, Switzerland’s commitment to peace and security, and the promotion of prosperity and sustainability. The report highlights how the Federal Council aims to anchor its foreign policy more firmly in domestic policy than it has in the past. It also gives an overwhelmingly positive review of the implementation of the 2016–19 foreign policy strategy.


Team Switzerland makes its presence felt at Davos

24.01.2020 — Press release EDA
At the 50th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos from 21 to 24 January 2020, a House of Switzerland was set up for the second time to showcase the country. With 30 official Federal Council meetings, 15 thematic events and more than 1,000 visitors, this year's House of Switzerland was a resounding success. Centrally located in the HC Davos ice hockey stadium, it served as Switzerland's communication platform during the Forum.


Poursuite des hostilités dans la province d’Idlib en Syrie - prise de position du DFAE (fr.)

24.01.2020 — Press release EDA
Le DFAE est très préoccupé par la poursuite des hostilités dans la province d’Idlib et par ses graves conséquences pour la population civile. Il appelle toutes les parties au conflit non seulement à respecter strictement le droit international humanitaire, mais aussi à revenir à la table des négociations et à trouver une solution politique dans le cadre du processus de paix sous l’égide des Nations Unies à Genève que le DFAE soutient activement.


Switzerland resumes support for cooperation projects in Eritrea

23.01.2020 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will resume its cooperation with Eritrea in a new three-year phase. The allocated CHF 6 million will be used to improve vocational skills development. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) took this decision on the basis of the findings and recommendations of an external evaluation commissioned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) at the end of a pilot phase to trial resumption of development cooperation with Eritrea.


Article in Die Weltwoche on the donation of a painting by Max Liebermann – statement by the FDFA

23.01.2020 — Press release EDA
An article has appeared in the 23 January 2020 edition of Die Weltwoche concerning the donation of the painting 'Grosse Seestrasse in Wannsee' by Max Liebermann to the Max Liebermann Society in Berlin by the FDFA. The article claims that the then Swiss ambassador in Berlin, Christine Schraner Burgener, made the donation in order to raise her own personal profile and that an accusation of criminal mismanagement had been levelled against her. The FDFA categorically rejects these claims.


Tech4Good at the WEF: Swiss technology tackles climate change

22.01.2020 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has showcased some innovative technology at the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos, which could reduce global CO2 emissions by millions of tonnes per year. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) undertakes a range of projects in the construction industry, working in cooperation with academia and the private sector. The aim of these projects, which are located in emerging economies, is to tackle global warming effectively.


Geneva and Davos work together on the opportunities provided by digital technologies for the common good

21.01.2020 — Press release EDA
At the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, taking place this year from 21 to 24 January, the House of Switzerland's opening day was dedicated to collaboration between the private sector, academia and international organisations based in Geneva. At the heart of discussions were the opportunities ushered in by new technologies, particularly in the fields of health and access to financial services. Digital governance was also high on the agenda for those taking part in 'Geneva Day'.


Federal Council delegation meets new EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Davos

20.01.2020 — Press release EDA
A delegation of the Federal Council led by President Simonetta Sommaruga today met with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. Ms Sommaruga was accompanied at the meeting, which took place during the WEF Annual Meeting, by federal councillors Ignazio Cassis and Karin Keller-Sutter. Talks focused on the state of bilateral relations between Switzerland the EU, particularly with regard to the institutional agreement. They also discussed joint efforts to tackle climate change. Cooperation in the field of migration should be continued.


Switzerland's enlargement contribution to Bulgaria and Romania comes to a close

20.01.2020 — Press release EDA
Over the last ten years, Switzerland has provided CHF 257 million from its enlargement contribution to support projects in Bulgaria and Romania. The two countries joined the European Union (EU) in 2007. The contribution aimed to reduce economic and social disparities in Europe and within Bulgaria and Romania. The 93 projects, which came to a close in December 2019, have achieved good results. Switzerland's support contributes to greater stability in Europe, which is also in the country's interests.


Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2020

17.01.2020 — Press release EDA
At this the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Federal Council stresses the importance of the event in Davos. This year all members of the cabinet will be in attendance; around 60 bilateral meetings are due to take place. President Simonetta Sommaruga will open the event on Tuesday, 21 January, together with Professor Klaus Schwab.


Discover the world with the FDFA and with peace mind

17.01.2020 — Article EDA
Just what is the perfect trip abroad? And where would it take you? Swiss travellers have different needs and expectations – some prefer to go on their own, others would rather choose an organised tour. It doesn't matter if you're a backpacker or a jet-setter: the FDFA provides a wide range of services for anyone who wants to travel abroad.

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Message from the Regional Consular Centre London regarding Biometric Swiss Passport Application

The mobile biometric station will be next present in Dublin for some days in spring, from Monday, 28 April 2014, and again in late autumn from Monday, 3 November 2014.

Since the introduction of the biometric passport it has been necessary for applicants to attend in person. The mobile biometric passport station permits biometric data to be recorded for the issuing of Swiss identity documents (passports and/or identity) in the Swiss Embassy in Dublin.

If you like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact the Regional Consular Centre London to book an appointment (+44 20 7616 6000, option 2 or  rcclondon@eda.admin.ch).

We hope this service is of assistance to you.