External affairs

Federal Councillors Parmelin and Maurer meet with Chinese Vice Premier

Federal Councillors Guy Parmelin and Ueli Maurer – who are, respectively, the head the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) and the head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) – met with China’s First Vice Premier Han Zheng. The meeting took place in Rüschlikon at the launch of a capacity-building platform that has been set up as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

 

Economy

Average annual inflation of +0.4% in 2019

Average annual inflation of +0.4% in 2019

The consumer price index (CPI) remained stable in December 2019 compared with the previous month, remaining at 101.7 points (December 2015 = 100). Inflation was +0.2% compared with the same month of the previous year. The average annual inflation reached +0.4% in 2019.These are the results of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

Space research

CHEOPS launched successfully – the search for a ‘twin Earth’ has begun!

CHEOPS launched successfully – the search for a ‘twin Earth’ has begun!

The CHEOPS mission is being jointly led by the European Space Agency ESA and Switzerland. Following the successful launch, and once routine tests of the satellite in orbit have been completed, operations are set to begin at the end of March 2020 and last around four years. The scientific community the world over is eagerly awaiting the data gathered on exoplanets.

Research

Six new National Centres of Competence in Research to boost cutting-edge research

Six new National Centres of Competence in Research to boost cutting-edge research

The head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, announced the launch of six new National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCRs) at a press conference in Bern on 16 De-cember. The NCCRs are intended to boost Swiss research and innovation long term in major fields such as automation, antibiotics resistance and quantum technology. VIDEOS

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Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin

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