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Switzerland increases its aid to the Horn of Africa

18.07.2011 — Press release EDA
The Humanitarian Aid of the Confederation unlocks an additional credit of CHF 4.5 million to support the populations affected by the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. This amount will be used to help refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya and to assist the most vulnerable populations in Somalia.

Federal President Calmy-Rey has met Russian President Medvedev

13.07.2011 — Press release EDA
On Wednesday, Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA met the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitri Medvedev, in the Russian city of Kolomna for talks. She was accompanied by Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann. The two presidents also used the occasion to jointly inaugurate the cement works of the Swiss company Holcim located in Kolomna.

Zweite Verhandlungsrunde Schweiz-EU zur Zusammenarbeit zwischen Wettbewerbsbehörden

13.07.2011 — Press release EDA
Zwischen den Delegationen der Schweiz und der EU hat am 12. Juli 2011 in Zürich eine zweite Verhandlungsrunde zu einem Abkommen über die Zusammenarbeit im Wettbewerbsbereich stattgefunden. Die angestrebte Zusammenarbeit soll auf beiden Seiten die Effizienz bei der Durchsetzung kartellrechtlicher Bestimmungen verbessern, dies insbesondere dank der Möglichkeit, zwischen Wettbewerbsbehörden vertrauliche Informationen auszutauschen.

2010 Annual Report on Switzerland’s International Cooperation

11.07.2011 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) published the joint Annual Report for 2010 on Switzerland’s international cooperation. It provides the most important results in relation to Switzerland’s commitment to combating poverty, and contributions to the reduction of global risks.

Switzerland to strengthen its presence in Benghazi

11.07.2011 — EDA
Switzerland strengthens its presence in Benghazi, and sends a diplomat to the East Libyan city for the purpose of opening a liaison office. This will be in addition to the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit programme office which has already been up and running for the last four months.

Switzerland recognises Southern Sudan

09.07.2011 — Press release EDA
Following consultation with the Foreign Affairs Committees of both chambers of the Federal Assembly, the Federal Council has decided to recognise Southern Sudan as an independent state. Switzerland will now undertake the formal steps necessary to establish diplomatic and consular relations. Switzerland has sent an official representative to attend the independence celebrations on 9 July 2011 in the Southern Sudanese capital of Juba.

The President of the Confederation to meet the Russian President

05.07.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, is to meet the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, on 13 July in the Russian city of Kolomna. She will be accompanied by Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann. The two Presidents will inaugurate the cement works of the Swiss company Holcim in Kolomna.

Peace promotion and human security: new framework credit

30.06.2011 — Press release EDA
In yesterday's meeting, the Federal Council decided that it wishes to further its measures to promote peace and human security. It has requested from Parliament a new framework credit of CHF 310 million over at least four years, starting in 2012. CHF 50 million are earmarked for a special North Africa and Middle East programme. This will enable Switzerland to continue - and where necessary to strengthen - its high-profile policy of peace promotion, human rights, and democracy as well as its migration policy.

Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey pays an official Visit to Bucharest

30.06.2011 — Press release EDA
Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey flew to Romania on Thursday, 30 June 2011, for a two-day official visit. Upon her arrival in Bucharest, she was welcomed by Romanian President Traian Basescu with military honours. Following this, she met with Prime Minister Emil Boc. Their discussions focused on bilateral relations, European policy, and international issues.

Swiss international cooperation celebrates its 50th anniversary in Ticino

27.06.2011 — Press release EDA
This year, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) celebrates its jubilee (1961-2011). To mark the occasion, it has decided to present its many activities to the public in several cities in Switzerland in the form of street actions. Following on from appearances in Geneva and Bern, the SDC street action will move to Bellinzona from 30 June to 2 July. The authorities of Ticino have been invited for the opening of the event, at which the head of the SDC’s Division for Cooperation with Eastern Europe, Kurt Kunz, will be present.

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