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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.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis visits Vienna: signing of memorandum of understanding on new strategic partnership between Switzerland and Austria

10.06.2021 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will travel to Austria on 11 June. In Vienna, together with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg, he will sign a memorandum of understanding on the strategic partnership between the two countries. The following day, Mr Cassis will take part in the Europa-Forum Wachau and meet with Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

State Secretary Livia Leu in United States on working visit

09.06.2021 — Press release EDA
State Secretary Livia Leu visited the United States on her first working visit outside Europe. In Washington she met with high-ranking representatives from the US administration. The meetings focused on bilateral relations and Switzerland's good offices.

Ignazio Cassis meets with representatives of the government of the Canton of Ticino and parliamentarians from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland

07.06.2021 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis received on 7 June 2021 in Bern all of the members of the State Council of the Canton of Ticino and the federal parliamentarians of Ticino and the Italian-speaking part of Graubünden. The representatives of the governments and parliaments of the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland discussed current issues such as the management of the pandemic and relations with the EU, as well as topics of particular interest to Switzerland's Italian-speaking community.

COVID-19: Switzerland sends aid supplies to Sri Lanka

07.06.2021 — Press release EDA
After supplying aid to India and Nepal, Switzerland is also helping Sri Lanka to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday 7 June 2021 Swiss Humanitarian Aid dispatched medical supplies worth CHF 3.5 million to Colombo, including half a million antigen tests, 50 ventilators, 150 oxygen concentrators and testing materials.

European policy: Federal Council sets out next steps for second Swiss contribution

04.06.2021 — Press release EDA
The unblocking of the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states is part of the Federal Council's European policy agenda, with a view to pursuing the bilateral approach. At its meeting on 4 June, the Federal Council decided to prepare a dispatch on the unblocking of the corresponding framework credits. The dispatch will be submitted to Parliament in the autumn session.

New Swiss ambassadors

04.06.2021 — Press release EDA
Additional personnel changes will take place at several Swiss representations and at the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), as part of the periodic transfer rotation and on the basis of appointments made by the Federal Council at its meeting on 4 June 2021. The appointment of heads of mission abroad becomes effective following approval by the respective host state.

Federal Council adopts report on working definition of antisemitism

04.06.2021 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 4 June 2021, the Federal Council adopted the report on a postulate regarding possible areas of application of the working definition of antisemitism developed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). As part of the many measures to combat antisemitism in Switzerland, the definition provides additional guidance in identifying antisemitic incidents. The report also makes recommendations for developing further measures to combat antisemitism in Switzerland.

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