Cooperation

Switzerland supports development banks

Switzerland supports development banks

Switzerland is to contribute CHF 879 million to the coffers of the International Development Association and of the African Development Fund to help fight poverty, promote sustainable development and deal with the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the world’s poorest countries. Switzerland is also contributing CHF 115 million to the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative.

Agricultural research

Wild Bees Fly for Research

Wild Bees Fly for Research

What stresses wild bees? Is it certain plant-protection products, the absence of nutrient-rich foods – or a combination of both factors? Together with research partners throughout Europe, Agroscope, the Swiss center of excellence for agricultural research, is investigating these issues.

Scientific cooperation

Securing access to research programmes in Europe

Securing access to research programmes in Europe

Horizon Europe, the EU’s next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, is due to start in 2021. Along with three other initiatives, Horizon Europe forms the ‘2021–2027 Horizon package’. The Federal Council requests the Parliament to approve CHF 6,154 billion in funding. If the funds are granted, the Federal Council and the EU will be able to renew their bilateral research agreement and secure Switzerland’s continued and uninterrupted participation in the Horizon package as an associated state.

Public research

Life cycle assessment of cars – new web tool helps consumers and researchers

Life cycle assessment of cars – new web tool helps consumers and researchers

Decision support for car buyers: Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute have developed a web tool called the Carculator that can be used to compare the environmental performance of passenger cars in detail. The program determines the environmental balance of vehicles with different size classes and powertrains, and presents the results in comparative graphics. The entire life cycle of the passenger cars is taken into account.

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The Federal Councillor

Welcome to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs,
Education and Research!

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin

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