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New Consular Directorate in the FDFA

24.06.2011 — Press release EDA
The Consular Directorate in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has now started its operations. This unit, together with the representations abroad, will be responsible for providing all consular services. The increasing mobility of Swiss nationals has led to a greater demand for consular services in recent years. By establishing the Consular Directorate, the FDFA has created a modern instrument to deal with this increased demand.


Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey attends the Regional Ambassadors Conference in Doha

23.06.2011 — Press release EDA
The heads of the Swiss Embassies and Cooperation Offices in the Near and the Middle East gathered in Doha from 19 to 21 June 2011 for a Regional Ambassadors Conference. Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs FDFA, also took part in the Conference, which dealt with the current developments and changes taking place in the Arab world and the future Swiss foreign policy in the region.


President of the Confederation Calmy-Rey visits Poland, which holds the EU presidency

16.06.2011 — Press release EDA
President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA today visited Poland for an official working visit. Relations between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) as well as bilateral issues were the main topics of the talks between Mrs Calmy-Rey and President Bronislaw Komorowski and other Polish government representatives in Warsaw.


The President of the Confederation to meet the Russian Prime Minister in Geneva

15.06.2011 — Press release EDA
On 15 June 2011, the President of the Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), met the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, for official talks in the margins of the 100th Session of the International Labour Organization, in Geneva. The talks primarily concerned the question of Russian membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as aspects of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Current international issues also featured on the agenda.


Working visit by the President of the Swiss Confederation to Poland

10.06.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will make an official working visit to Poland on 16 June 2011. On 1 July 2011, Poland will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months.


The President of the Confederation and the diplomatic corps to visit Art Basel

10.06.2011 — Press release EDA
The traditional cultural event in honour of the diplomatic corps takes place this year in Basel: The President of the Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, has invited the foreign ambassadors accredited in Switzerland to accompany her on a visit to Art Basel on Tuesday, 14 June 2011.


Ordinance on Private Household Employees working for members of foreign representations

09.06.2011 — Press release EDA
On 6 June 2011 Federal Council adopted the Private Household Employees Ordinance (PHEO). This Ordinance governs the conditions of entry to Switzerland, of stay and work for the private household employees of individual beneficiaries of privileges, immunities and facilities in Switzerland. It enters into force on 1 July 2011.



Swiss delegation at a high-level UN meeting on HIV/AIDS

07.06.2011 — Press release EDA
On 8 to 10 June 2011, Switzerland will send an interdepartmental delegation to take part in a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on HIV/AIDS in New York. The delegation, which will be headed by the Director-General of the SDC, Martin Dahinden, will present the argument for a greater effort to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and the marginalisation and stigmatisation of those living with the disease.


The Federal Council decides to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions

06.06.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council has decided today to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), which imposes a comprehensive ban on cluster munitions. The ratification of the Convention goes hand in hand with a revision of the military material act. Swiss stocks of artillery munitions that are subject to the CCM ban will be destroyed.



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