The Federal Council approved on 4 December 2020 an agreement between Switzerland and the UK on the mobility of service suppliers. The agreement provides reciprocal, facilitated market access for service suppliers to close a looming gap after the agreement on the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK) will cease to apply as of 1 January 2021. The conclusion of this agreement is part of the Federal Council's "mind-the-gap" strategy following the UK’s exit from the EU.
On 19 November, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, as the representative of the host state of the World Trade Organization, opened the virtual event to mark the organisation's 25th anniversary. The event, entitled 'WTO at 25: Past, Present and Future', offered an opportunity to discuss the organisation's successes and its ongoing challenges.
The Federal Council intends to increase the amount available for the hardship support programme to CHF 1 billion and to increase the Confederation's share to around two thirds. Furthermore, short-time working compensation payments are to be extended. In sport, professional and semi-professional clubs will receive support in the form of non-repayable contributions.
On 10 November, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), held a virtual discussion with the ASEAN Secretary General, six ministers of economic affairs and four vice ministers and state secretaries of ASEAN countries. It was the first time that such an exchange had taken place and was intended to identify possible areas of economic cooperation.
Java script is required to display press releases. If you are unable or unwilling to activate Java script you may use the link below to access the Federal Administration News Portal, where you can read the announcements.