Switzerland and Colombia to strengthen bilateral research and innovation cooperation

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin welcomed Colombia’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Arturo Luna on a courtesy visit to Bern on 1 March. Mr Luna also met with State Secretary Martina Hirayama. The talks focused on strengthening bilateral research and innovation cooperation between the two countries.


Switzerland – UK: Federal Council approves negotiating mandate

At its meeting on 15 February, the Federal Council approved the mandate to launch negotiations on enhancing the bilateral trade agreement between Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK). The decision is subject to consultation with the relevant parliamentary committees and the Conference of Cantonal Governments.

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State Secretary Hirayama attends informal EU ministerial meeting on competition in the field of research and innovation

State Secretary Martina Hirayama participated in the informal meeting of the EU ministers responsible for research and innovation on 7 and 8 February in Stockholm, Sweden. The biannual event focused on a policy debate about open science in research infrastructures and public publications. This topic is a priority of the Swedish chair. In addition, State Secretary Hirayama held bilateral discussions with her counterparts from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Spain.


Bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the WEF

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos for the sixth time. There he met with several political and economic leaders, in particular German Vice-Chancellor R. Habeck, European Commission President U. von der Leyen, US Secretary of Labor M. Walsh, Kosovar Prime Minister A. Kurti, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister I. Svyrydenko, Thai Deputy Prime Minister A. Charnvirakul and US Trade Representative K. Tai. The Federal Councillor also attended an informal meeting of WTO ministers on the sidelines of the WEF.


WEF Annual Meeting: Switzerland and Germany hold talks on energy and economic issues

On 16 January, Federal Councillors Guy Parmelin and Albert Rösti met with Robert Habeck, the German Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos. The talks covered a range of matters including bilateral economic relations and Switzerland's relations with the EU. Against the backdrop of the tense situation in the energy sector worldwide, the three ministers also discussed common challenges in the field of energy security.

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