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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.



Cyprus and Switzerland sign protocol of amendment to their double taxation agreement

20.07.2020 — Press release Cyprus
On 20 July 2020, Cyprus and Switzerland signed a protocol amending their agreement for the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and capital (DTA). The document was signed in Nicosia by the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Constantinos Petrides and by the Ambassador of Switzerland, Mr. Pierre-Yves Fux.




Minister of Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis proposes Switzerland's good offices to Cyprus

09.07.2019 — Press release Cyprus

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis's visit to Nicosia was marked by the Cyprus question, which has remained unresolved for decades. After a visit to the buffer zone between the north and the south of the island on Monday, Mr Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, met today with Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides.

Το κυπριακό ζήτημα, το οποίο παραμένει άλυτο εδώ και δεκαετίες, είναι το κύριο θέμα της επίσκεψης του Ομοσπονδιακού Συμβούλου, Ignazio Cassis στη Λευκωσία. Μετά την επίσκεψη που πραγματοποίησε στην νεκρή ζώνη μεταξύ βορρά κα του νότου τη Δευτέρα, συναντήθηκε σήμερα με τον Κύπριο Υπουργό Εξωτερικών Νίκο Χριστοδουλίδη.


Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis proposes Switzerland's good offices to Cyprus

09.07.2019 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis's visit to Nicosia was marked by the Cyprus question, which has remained unresolved for decades. After a visit to the buffer zone between the north and the south of the island on Monday, Mr Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, met today with Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides.


Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis pays a working visit to Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, 8 - 12 July 2019

05.07.2019 — Press release Cyprus
The Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, will visit the two EU member states Cyprus and Greece as well as Turkey from 8 to 12 July 2019. In addition to talks with his counterparts in Cyprus and Turkey and a courtesy call on the president of Greece, the programme also includes a visit to the UN buffer zone in Cyprus and the refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos.



One billion well invested

05.06.2018 — Article Schweizer Beitrag
The ten countries that joined the EU in 2004 have completed their projects under the enlargement contribution. SECO and the SDC have taken stock of the last decade and published the results in their 2017 annual report. The projects have made a significant contribution to reducing economic and social disparities in Europe. Switzerland was also able to use its expertise to make a meaningful contribution to a number of projects.


Consultation on a second Swiss contribution

28.03.2018 — Schweizer Beitrag
At its meeting on 28 March 2018, the Federal Council decided to initiate the consultation procedure on a second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states. With this contribution, Switzerland aims to continue to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the EU member states. Last year, the Federal Council set two priorities for this contribution: vocational education and training and migration.

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