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Coronavirus: Federal Council to take further, wide-ranging reopening step and to relax rules on entering Switzerland

23.06.2021 — Press release EDA
The measures in place to contain the coronavirus will be eased and simplified significantly from Saturday, 26 June. The requirements to work from home and to wear masks outdoors, for example, will be lifted. Furthermore, restaurants will again be allowed to seat as many people together as they wish, and large-scale events with COVID certificates will be allowed to take place without restrictions on capacity or the number of people present. This reopening step therefore goes further than proposed in the consultation. At its meeting on 23 June, the Federal Council also decided to relax rules on entering the country. The health-related measures at the border will now focus on those arriving from countries with variants of the virus that give rise to concern.


Switzerland takes part in the second international Berlin Conference on Libya

23.06.2021 — Press release EDA
On 23 June 2021, the members of the Berlin group convened for the second international Berlin Conference on Libya, hosted by Germany and the United Nations. As a participating member, Switzerland was represented at the conference by Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis. In promoting peace and acting as a host state, Switzerland supports a political solution in Libya.


Ignazio Cassis visits Romansh school class in Glion

21.06.2021 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis travelled to Val Surselva on Monday 21 June 2021, where he met with a class from the secondary school in Glion. The pupils invited Mr Cassis during the first Emna rumantscha – Romansh Language Week – organised by the FDFA last February.



Switzerland takes part in International Donors' Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants

17.06.2021 — Press release EDA
On 17 June the international community came together at the Canada-organised International Donors' Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants. Patricia Danzi, Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), represented Switzerland. This year, Switzerland will commit over CHF 12 million to humanitarian aid in Venezuela and the region.


Ignazio Cassis to meet Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris

16.06.2021 — Press release EDA
On Thursday 17 June, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will be in Paris to meet with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian. Talks will focus on Swiss–EU relations and relations between Switzerland and France.



Expanding bilateral cooperation with Sudan: FDFA-FDJP delegation has visited Khartoum for talks

15.06.2021 — Press release EDA
A delegation led by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) travelled to Sudan for political consultations from 13 to 14 June. The talks focused on the priorities of the Federal Council's Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy 2021–24, strengthening peacebuilding efforts and development cooperation, closer cooperation in the area of migration and aspects of economic development and debt relief.



Biden – Putin summit: strengthened air policing and airspace restrictions

11.06.2021 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 11 June 2021, the Federal Council approved a temporary restriction on the use of airspace during the summit between President Biden and President Putin from 15 to 17 June 2021 in Geneva. The Swiss Air Force will provide air policing and tighter airspace surveillance. The armed forces will also set up a support service to assist the civilian authorities in providing security on a subsidiary basis.


Through education, towards sustainable development: Switzerland renews support for global Partnership for Education

11.06.2021 — Press release EDA
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is an important multilateral partner of Switzerland for the implementation of its international cooperation objectives in the field of education. At its meeting on 11 June 2021, the Federal Council therefore decided to continue its support for the GPE and is making CHF 52 million available to the organisation for the period 2021–25.


Private security services provided abroad in 2020: fifth annual report of the competent authority of the FDFA

11.06.2021 — Press release EDA
In 2020, the Federal Administration received 495 declarations from companies wishing to provide, from Switzerland, private security services abroad, according to the fifth annual report on the implementation of the Federal Act on Private Security Services Provided Abroad. The FDFA draws a positive assessment of 2020's activities. The declarations listed in this reporting period were made under the previous legislation in force until the end of 2020. The Federal Council took note of the report at its meeting on 11 June 2021.

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