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Press Release (26.03.2015 - FDJP)

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev pays official visit to Bern

Bern. President Simonetta Sommaruga today received the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Atambaev, on an official visit to Bern. President Atambaev then held talks with Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, where discussions covered bilateral relations, the democratic process in the Kyrgyz Republic, development cooperation and cooperation in international organisations.

Press Release (26.03.2015 - fedpol)

Significant increase again in CySARs on property offences

Bern. The Cybercrime Coordination Unit (CYCO) at the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) received 10,214 suspicious activity reports on cybercrime (CySARs) from the public in 2014. This represents an increase of approximately 11% over 2013. Sixty-seven percent of these CySARs concerned property offences, a continuing trend from the previous reporting years.

Press Release (25.03.2015 - FDJP)

Switzerland to ratify the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Berne. On Wednesday 25 March, the Federal Council opened the consultation on the approval of the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Protocol extends the Convention with a communications procedure that enables individuals to report violations of the rights guaranteed by the Convention to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. This new control instrument is intended to ensure that the Convention can be implemented more effectively.

Press Release (13.03.2015 - FDJP)

President of the Swiss Confederation dedicates memorial to the victims of the coach disaster in Sierre

Bern. About 130 family members and friends of the victims of the coach accident in Sierre three years ago gathered on Friday for an official memorial event in Valais. The event, at which a monument was unveiled near the Auguste Piccard amphitheatre in Sierre, was attended by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science Sander Dekker, President Simonetta Sommaruga and representatives of the Canton of Valais.

Press Release (09.03.2015 - FDJP)

Official working visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Bern. On Monday, 9 March, President Simonetta Sommaruga, received the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas on an official working visit to Bern. Discussions focussed on the situation in the Middle East. The Palestinian president also held talks with Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

Press Release (11.02.2015 - FDJP)

Controlling immigration: Federal Council approves draft legislation and negotiating mandate

Berne. On 9 February 2014, Swiss citizens voted for Switzerland to control and restrict immigration autonomously and at the same time for an amendment to the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons with the European Union (EU), while safeguarding Switzerland’s overall economic interests. On Wednesday, the Federal Council took various decisions on the implementation of the new constitutional provisions. It approved the draft of the new legislation on foreign nationals and additional measures to make better use of the potential workforce within Switzerland. It also made a final decision on the negotiating mandate with the EU on the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons.

Press Release (21.01.2015 - FDJP)

Working meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Davos

Berne. President Simonetta Sommaruga, Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf and Federal Councillor Alain Berset today met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Talks focused on cooperation in the business and finance sector.

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