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Signing of the new agreement on the taxation of cross-border commuters – Ignazio Cassis meets with the Ticino State Council in Bellinzona

23.12.2020 — Press release EDA
On 23 December, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis held a press conference alongside State Secretary for International Finance Daniela Stoffel and members of the State Council of the Canton of Ticino following the signing, in Rome, of the new agreement between Switzerland and Italy on the taxation of cross-border commuters. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) underscored how the agreement strengthened bilateral and cross-border relations between the two countries by redefining the tax regime applicable to cross-border commuters in the long term.


Coronavirus: Entry ban and retroactive quarantine for persons from the UK and South Africa

21.12.2020 — Press release EDA
Following the discovery of a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus in the UK and South Africa, the Federal Council today decided to take steps to prevent the further spread of this new virus strain. All persons who have entered Switzerland from these two countries since 14 December must go into quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Council has also introduced a general entry ban from today for all foreign nationals seeking to enter Switzerland from the UK and South Africa. This is intended in particular to stop travel from these countries for tourism purposes.


Switzerland's image abroad in 2020

21.12.2020 — Press release EDA
In 2020, Switzerland drew less attention from foreign media than in the previous year. Media coverage focused on fewer topics, in particular Switzerland's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the debate about the Office of the Attorney General. Switzerland continues to enjoy a high reputation internationally. In the Nation Brands Index (NBI), which compares the public image of 50 countries, Switzerland achieved a very good seventh place. As in previous years, 'brand' Switzerland once again featured in foreign films and series.


New Strategy for Communication Abroad with a view to safeguarding Switzerland's interests and new FDFA sponsorship guidelines

18.12.2020 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 18 December 2020, the Federal Council approved Switzerland's Strategy for Communication Abroad 2021–24, which sets priorities for the coming years. The strategy aims to promote Switzerland's image abroad and help safeguard its interests. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, appropriate communication and networking platforms will raise the profile of Swiss economy. New FDFA guidelines on cooperation with sponsors will apply from 2021.


Death penalty moratorium: UN General Assembly adopts resolution negotiated by Switzerland

16.12.2020 — Press release EDA
On 16 December, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for a moratorium on capital punishment. This latest resolution negotiated by Switzerland and Mexico advances the ongoing efforts towards the universal abolition of the death penalty and contains key amendments for women, minors and the families of prisoners sentenced to death. The resolution was adopted by 123 member states. Four new countries voted yes for the first time. This is the most important support ever given to this initiative at the UN General Assembly.


Trilateral agreement: Switzerland and Luxembourg to return illicitly acquired assets to Peru

16.12.2020 — Press release EDA
In line with its policy for the repatriation of illicitly acquired assets, Switzerland is returning approximately USD 16.3 million to Peru. The funds are destined for Peruvian projects to strengthen the rule of law and fight corruption. For Federal Councillor Cassis, the agreement shows that Switzerland is taking consistent action in its financial centre against illicit assets of politically exposed persons.


Switzerland supports Greece in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic

15.12.2020 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is working throughout the world to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In Athens, on 15 December, it delivered two special patient transport vehicles and two ISO containers, to be used as mobile examination rooms, to the health service responsible for the Aegean islands. An initial consignment for Greece had previously been delivered on 4 December. Further supplies will be delivered on 18 December, with a final consignment at the end of January, bringing the project to a close.


Switzerland and the UK sign agreement on mobility of service suppliers

14.12.2020 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, signed the Services Mobility Agreement (SMA) on 14 December 2020 in London. The agreement secures reciprocal, facilitated market access for service providers from Switzerland and the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021.


Swiss government agrees funding to renovate barracks of Pontifical Swiss Guard

11.12.2020 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 11 December 2020, the Federal Council agreed funding for the project to renovate the barracks of the Pontifical Swiss Guard in the Vatican. This is a single contribution to improve the accommodation and facilities of the Swiss Guard. The decision coincides with the centenary of Switzerland's resumption of diplomatic relations with the Holy See.


Extension of the asset freeze of the Federal Council in the context of Ukraine, expiration of the asset freeze in the context of Tunisia

11.12.2020 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 11 December the Federal Council extended by one year the preventive asset freeze relating to Ukraine. The purpose of this decision is to support the judicial cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities. The asset freeze relating to Tunisia will expire in January 2021, as it will reach its statutory maximum duration.


Francophonie Ministerial Conference endorses Switzerland's bid for UN Security Council seat

07.12.2020 — Press release EDA
Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, has participated in the 37th Francophonie Ministerial Conference, held virtually from Paris on 24–25 November. This annual event brings together the ministers of foreign affairs or ministers for Francophone affairs of the member states and governments of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF). During the conference, the IOF endorsed Switzerland's candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2023–24 term.

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