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Federal Council adopts dispatch on additional agreement supplementing double taxation agreement with France

22.11.2023 — Press releases Europa
During its meeting on 22 November 2023, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the approval and implementation of an additional agreement supplementing the double taxation agreement (DTA) with France. The additional agreement regulates in particular the taxation of cross-border remote working of up to 40% of working hours per year and thus takes account of developments in the area of remote working.

Federal Council extends safeguard clause for Croatia

22.11.2023 — Press releases Europa
At its meeting on 22 November, the Federal Council decided to extend for a further year the safeguard clause provided for in the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons for Croatian nationals coming to work in Switzerland. The number of new work permits for 2024 will remain at the same level as 2023.

President Berset and Federal Councillor Cassis receive Hungary’s Prime Minister Orbán

21.11.2023 — Press releases EDA
On Tuesday 21 November, federal councillors Alain Berset, president of the Swiss Confederation and Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), received a courtesy visit from a delegation from Hungary headed by the country’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán. The exchange centred on bilateral relations, Switzerland's European policy objectives, Hungary's presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2024 and current international issues.

Cooperation in Foreign and Security Policy: State Secretary Alexandre Fasel meets EU counterpart Stefano Sannino

21.11.2023 — Press releases EDA
State Secretary Alexandre Fasel was received by the secretary-general of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Stefano Sannino, in Brussels on 21 November for the biannual consultations on foreign and security policy. In this context, Mr Fasel and Mr Sannino agreed to establish a structured dialogue on security and defence, with the aim of strengthening cooperation in this area. They also discussed the topic of cooperation and solidarity in response to current crises, and exchanged views on various multilateral issues.

New round of strategic dialogue between Switzerland and UK

13.11.2023 — Press releases EDA
On Monday, 13 November 2023, State Secretary Alexandre Fasel travelled to London for the annual strategic dialogue between Switzerland and the United Kingdom. He met with Christian Turner, political director, and Peter Wilson, director general for Europe, at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. The discussions centred on the intensive and diverse bilateral relations between Switzerland and the UK, current international affairs, and European matters. The primary objective of the discussions was to enhance political, economic and scientific cooperation between the two nations.

Switzerland and Italy agree permanent tax treatment for home working

10.11.2023 — Press releases Europa
On 10 November 2023 in the course of a videoconference, Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter and Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Giancarlo Giorgetti signed a declaration regulating the taxation of home working for cross-border commuters.

Produktesicherheitsrecht: Vereinbarung zwischen Liechtenstein und der Schweiz

10.11.2023 — Press releases Europa
Am 10. November 2023 hat Boris Zürcher, Leiter der Direktion für Arbeit im SECO, die liechtensteinische Leiterin des Amts für Volkswirtschaft (AVW), Katja Gey, zur Unterzeichnung einer neuen Vereinbarung zwischen dem SECO und dem AVW im Bereich der Produktesicherheit empfangen. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem AVW kann die Schweizer Marktüberwachung ab 1. Januar 2024 zum Beispiel Maschinen stichprobenweise im Staatsgebiet des Fürstentums Liechtenstein kontrollieren.

President Alain Berset meets Pope Francis in Rome

09.11.2023 — Press releases Europa
President Alain Berset was received by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, 9 November. The meeting focused in particular on Switzerland’s and the Holy See’s global commitment to promoting peace. Current issues such as the situation in the Middle East and Ukraine as well as the investigation into abuse cases within the Roman Catholic Church in Switzerland were also discussed.

Federal Council decides to prepare mandate for negotiations with EU

08.11.2023 — Press releases EDA
At its meeting on 8 November 2023, the Federal Council reviewed the outcomes of internal discussions and the exploratory talks with the EU. On this basis, it decided to draw up a negotiating mandate. Before the end of the year, it will decide whether or not to adopt it and submit it to the foreign affairs committees (FACs) and the Conference of Cantonal Governments (CCG) for consultation.

State Secretary Martina Hirayama participates in the European Space Summit in Seville

07.11.2023 — Press releases Europa
The European Space Summit took place in Seville on 6 and 7 November 2023, bringing together the space ministers from the European Space Agency (ESA) and EU member states. Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, reaffirmed Switzerland’s commitment to being a reliable partner in Europe’s ambitions concerning the environment, sustainable development, access to space and space exploration.

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