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No signing of Swiss–EU institutional agreement

26.05.2021 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 26 May, the Federal Council undertook an overall evaluation of the outcome of the negotiations on the institutional framework agreement (InstA). It concluded that there remain substantial differences between Switzerland and the EU on key aspects of the agreement. The conditions are thus not met for the signing of the agreement. The Federal Council today took the decision not to sign the agreement, and communicated this decision to the EU. This brings the negotiations on the draft of the InstA to a close. The Federal Council nevertheless considers it to be in the shared interest of Switzerland and the EU to safeguard their well-established cooperation and to systematically maintain the agreements already in force. It therefore wishes to launch a political dialogue with the EU on continued cooperation. Meanwhile, it has tasked the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) to consider how autonomous amendments to Swiss legislation might contribute to the stabilisation of Swiss–EU relations.


Virtual screening of the film "With the Wind"

26.03.2021 — Local news Latvia
As part of La Francophonie 2021, on March 27 - 28 the Embassy is hosting a virtual screening of the award winning Swiss film With the Wind (Le Vent Tourne) by director Bettina Oberli. 




Swiss Campaign Posters Exhibition "Votes&Voices" in Riga

03.09.2019 — Local news Latvia

In the presence of officials, diplomats, politicians, professors, artists, students and journalists Ambassador Konstantin Obolensky opened the Swiss political campaign posters' exhibition in Riga. The exhibition displays the different forms and styles of graphic design used during referendum campaigns since 1918. It gives an insight into the political system as well as into the celebrated Swiss poster art history.

The exhibition is opened till September 28, 2019 at the Art Academy of Latvia. Read more about it here.


Visit of Misha Maisky at the Swiss Residence in Riga

17.08.2019 — Local news Latvia
Maestro Misha Maisky and Riga Jurmala Director and Verbier Festival's Director Martin T:son Engstroem at the Swiss Residence in Riga. For all present this personal encounter was of high value. This year's festival season in Latvia is very special and of utmost quality.  


Hospital of Traumatology and Orthopaedics in Riga

26.04.2019 — Local news Latvia
Ambassador Obolensky was received at the Hospital of Traumatology and Orthopaedics by former President of the Republic of Latvia, H.E. Mr. Valdis Zatlers, and Members of the Board of the Hospital to visit the Central Sterilization Unit, that was installed in the 1990s with the help of the Swiss Confederation and the Swiss Red Cross. Co-operation and investment of that time led to a sustainable change in the functioning and in a major increase of the efficiency of the Hospital.  



Placing of a time capsule for Roche building in Latvia

08.04.2019 — Local news Latvia
Placing of a time capsule at the old/ new building of Roche Latvia in Miera iela, Riga. Ambassador of Switzerland, Konstantin Obolensky, took part in the event and placed a wooden cow (#happy Lilly) as a symbol of innovation combined with love for traditions.  


Courtesy call to the Minister of Defence of Latvia

26.03.2019 — Local news Latvia
The Ambassador of Switzerland pays courtesy call to the Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, H.E. Mr. Artis Pabriks. In the first encounter, the two officials exchanged on issues pertaining to security.  


Courtesy visit to Minister of Transport

07.03.2019 — Local news Latvia
Ambassador Obolensky makes a courtesy visit to Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia, Mr. Tālis Linkaitis, discussing Swiss and Latvian governments priorities in transportation infrastructure (rail, road and air). 

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