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Official visit of the Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh TRIET

18.05.2010 — Press release EDA
President Doris Leuthard, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (FDEA), and Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), today received the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Minh TRIET, at the Lohn Country Residence in Kehrsatz. In the course of this first official visit by a Vietnamese President, discussions covered bilateral relations in general, economic relations, development cooperation and international political issues.

Conclusion of Switzerland’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe

11.05.2010 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey today handed over the six-month chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to her Macedonian peer Antonio Milošoski in Strasbourg. The Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs took this opportunity to highlight the main achievements of the Swiss chairmanship, which began on 18 November 2009.

Nicolas Bideau to be new head of Presence Switzerland

07.05.2010 — Press release EDA
Nicolas Bideau, head of the Film section in the Federal Office of Culture (FOC), will become head of Presence Switzerland (PRS) at the beginning of 2011. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has appointed him to succeed Johannes Matyassy, who will take up an ambassadorship abroad in 2011.

Swiss Pavilion opens at Shanghai Expo

05.05.2010 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Pavilion in at the Shanghai Expo – the largest Expo to date - opened its doors today. As part of its strategy of communication abroad, Switzerland will be presenting itself in an open and inter-active pavilion covering 4,000 square metres. The chosen topic – Rural-Urban Interaction – is dealt with in a playful manner. The organisers expect 2.5 million visitors in the coming months.

Switzerland demands an action plan on nuclear disarmament

04.05.2010 — Press release EDA
Switzerland calls on the signatories of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to adopt an action plan on nuclear disarmament. Furthermore, nuclear weapons should generally no longer be considered legitimate.

Expert meeting on the return of the illicit assets of politically exposed persons to the countries of origin

30.04.2010 — Press release EDA
From 28.-30.04.2010 in Lausanne, over 40 government experts from 25 countries discussed the problems of returning the illicitly acquired assets of politically exposed persons to the countries of origin. The seminar was organised by Switzerland in conjunction with the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) which is co-financed by the UN and the World Bank. StAR will publish the seminar findings in a conference journal.

The Federal Council presents a draft law on the restitution of illicit assets to the two chambers of parliament

28.04.2010 — Press release EDA
Following the consultation procedure which opened on 24 February 2010, the Federal Council decided today to present to the two chambers of parliament a draft law on the restitution of the illicit assets of politically exposed persons (PEPs). The vast majority of participants in the consultation procedure welcomed the draft law, which underlines Switzerland's global pioneering role in the restitution of illicitly acquired assets.

Democracy and Decentralisation

27.04.2010 — Press release EDA
On 3 and 4 May 2010, the University of St. Gallen’s Executive Campus will host the International Conference on Democracy and Decentralisation. The conference takes place under the patronage of the Swiss Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The first day of the Conference will be open to the general public.

Human rights dialogue between Switzerland and Vietnam

25.04.2010 — Press release EDA
A Vietnamese delegation visited Bern from 22 to 24 April for the eighth round of dialogue on human rights and international organisations. The talks focused on legal issues, the protection of minority rights, freedom of religion and the rights of women, as well as international human rights questions.

Visit by Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey to Sarajevo for the Council of Europe

23.04.2010 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, held talks with representatives of the authorities and of political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 22 April. The main purpose of the talks was to identify and to discuss ways of bringing the constitutional and legal framework of Bosnia-Herzegovina into line with its commitments and obligations as a member of the Council of Europe.

IMF and World Bank Group 2010 Spring Meetings

22.04.2010 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Hans-Rudolf Merz as head of the Swiss delegation, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard and Philipp Hildebrand, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), will take part in the joint Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group in Washington from 24 to 25 April 2010. The most important topics of discussion in the meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) will be the exit strategies from the extraordinary support measures and the strengthening of the mandate and the governance structure of the IMF. The focus of the discussions in the Development Committee (DC) will be the strategy of the World Bank, the current governance reforms and the progress on achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

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