Federal Councillor Parmelin meets ASEAN ambassadors for working meeting

Federal Councillor Parmelin received the ASEAN ambassadors for a working meeting on May 7, 2024. He emphasized that Southeast Asia is a dynamic growth region with great opportunities for Swiss companies - particularly in the areas of sustainable trade, the digital economy and infrastructure development.

Artemis Agreements

International space cooperation: Switzerland signs Artemis Accords

On 15 April Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin signed the Artemis Accords in Washington on Switzerland’s behalf. The Artemis Accords are a political declaration of intent reflecting the signatory states' common understanding of the principles by which they intend to explore and use the moon, Mars and other celestial bodies.


Horizon package

Horizon package: Federal Council to finance transitional measures in 2024

On 10 April, the Federal Council decided on transitional measures for the 2024 calls for proposals under the European Union's Horizon package 2021-2027 (Horizon Europe, Euratom programme, ITER and Digital Europe Programme). A maximum amount of CHF 650 million has been set aside for this purpose. This allocation is drawn from funding earmarked by Parliament at the end of 2020 for Switzerland's participation in the Horizon package. The Federal Council remains committed to achieving Swiss association to the Horizon package as soon as possible.                 

FTA with India

Signing of free trade agreement with India

On 10 March Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and his counterparts from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway signed a free trade agreement with Indian Trade Minister Piyush Goyal in Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swiss President Viola Amherd sent video messages for the signing ceremony.


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Federal Councillor

"Welcome to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs,
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Guy Parmelin,
Federal Councillor