Horizon Europe

Horizon package: Federal Council to fund further transitional measures for 2023 calls

The Federal Council decided on 24 May to adopt transitional measures relating to the Horizon package 2021–2027 (Horizon Europe, Euratom programme, ITER and Digital Europe Programme). It will provide CHF 625 million in funding for 2023 calls for proposals. Rapid association to the Horizon package remains the Federal Council's goal.


Switzerland and the UK launch negotiations

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Kemi Badenoch, marked the beginning of negotiations on further developing the bilateral trade agreement. The first round of negotiations will take place in London in May.


Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin receives Bulgarian deputy prime minister and minister for education and science

The topics of discussion at the working meeting on 21 April in Bern were cooperation between the two countries in the fields of education, research and innovation, the second Swiss contribution to selected EU states and the Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology (INSAIT), which was opened in Sofia in 2022 with support from Switzerland.


Switzerland and the «Russian Elites, Proxies and Oligarchs» (REPO)

The REPO Task Force was set up by the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States) and the EU together with Australia. Cooperation at the technical level is running smoothly, and Switzerland therefore sees no need to formally join the REPO Task Force at present. Should membership prove to be in Switzerland's interest in the future, the Federal Council may re-evaluate the situation.

Position of the EAER and SECO of 18 April 2023.


Governments of Canada and Switzerland sign joint statement on science, technology and innovation

On 14 April 2023, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and the Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François‑Philippe Champagne, agreed to increase science, technology and innovation research partnerships between the two countries.            

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