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Bern, 02.11.15 – Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), travelled to London on 2 November for a working visit where he met the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Maude, for talks on reducing bureaucracy, the economic situation of both countries and of Europe, as well as bilateral economic relations. Relations between The relations of both states with the European Union were also a topic of discussion. In addition, the head of the EAER used the visit to London as an opportunity to officially launch a programme for start-ups and discuss European issues with a number of think tank representatives.
Bern, 21.10.2015 - On 21 October 2015, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann signed an agreement with the World Bank to support the new Extractive Global Programmatic Support Programme (EGPS) which promotes transparency and good governance in the commodities sectors of developing countries. The programme also contributes directly to the implementation of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), a voluntary standard on transparency regarding the management of natural resources. Switzerland supports the EGPS programme as part of the implementation of the Federal Council’s background report on commodities.
Bern, 01.09.15 – Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), welcomed U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today in Bern, where they visited a host company. The visit provided Secretary Perez with an opportunity to get a firsthand look at the advantages and importance of Switzerland’s dual-track system of vocational education and training. Afterward they signed a declaration of intent on intensifying cooperation in vocational education and training.
Bern, 09.07.15 – Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann wrapped up his trip to the U.S. today by signing a declaration of intent on Vocational Education and Training with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker. This declaration will pave the way to more substantive cooperation between Switzerland and the U.S.. Before the declaration was signed, the Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) held talks with U.S. government representatives on economic issues, namely the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). On the first leg of the trip, the economic and scientific delegation, led by the Head of the EAER, visited the West Coast of the United States to promote Switzerland as a destination for education, research and investment, and to promote new partnerships in innovation.
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