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June 2022


17.06.2022 WTO: conclusion

Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference: Switzerland committed to overcoming current challenges in trade policy

The 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva came to a successful close on 17 June. Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, head of the EAER, and SECO State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch led the Swiss delegation. The WTO ministers adopted decisions and declarations covering topics such as food security, the WTO response to the COVID-19 pandemic and harmful fisheries subsidies. In view of the current challenges facing the multilateral trading system, this result should be considered a success.

12.06.2022 WTO

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin attends 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva

On 12 June, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin attended the opening event of the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. The ministerial meeting will focus on the trade challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the looming food crisis, strengthening the rules-based trading system, and negotiations on harmful fisheries subsidies.

10.06.2022 Sanctions

Ukraine: Federal Council adopts new EU sanctions against Russia and Belarus

On 10 June the Federal Council took the decision to adopt new EU sanctions against Russia and Belarus. The relevant ordinances are currently being adapted. In addition, the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) has imposed financial and travel sanctions on around 100 further persons.

Inquiries for affected persons or companies:
sanctions@seco.admin.ch / 058 464 08 12

03.06.2022 War materiel

Ukraine: Federal Council takes decision on various war materiel transactions

On 3 June, the Federal Council took a decision on the matter of allowing Swiss war materiel to be transferred by third countries to Ukraine, and on the export of war materiel supplies in the form of individual parts and assembly packages to European defence companies. Based on the export criteria described in the War Materiel Act and the principle of equal treatment under the law of neutrality, Switzerland cannot approve requests to transfer Swiss-produced war materiel to Ukraine.


May 2022


22.05.2022 WEF

WEF Annual Meeting: Switzerland and Germany in talks on economic and energy matters

On 22 May, Federal Councillors Simonetta Sommaruga and Guy Parmelin met with German Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck in Davos ahead of the WEF Annual Meeting. They discussed the impact of the war in Ukraine on energy supply. Both countries are working to rapidly reduce their dependence on Russian gas and to advance decarbonisation. In order to better manage any shortages, they have agreed to start negotiations on a solidarity agreement for mutual support.

17.05.2022 World Bank

President of the World Bank Group visits Switzerland

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and President of the Swiss National Bank Thomas Jordan today welcomed David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Switzerland joining the World Bank.

04.05.2022 Horizon Europe

Federal Council adopts measures on Horizon Europe and strengthens international space cooperation

Switzerland is currently considered a non-associated third country in Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. On 4 May 2022, the Federal Council adopted extensive measures to bridge the gap arising from this situation. Swiss researchers participating in EU projects are funded directly by the federal government. In addition, transitional solutions are offered for calls for proposals currently inaccessible to Swiss participants.

04.05.2022 SECO

Federal Council appoints Helene Budliger Artieda as SECO State Secretary

On 4 May, the Federal Council announced the appointment of Helene Budliger Artieda as the new State Secretary for Economic Affairs. She will take up her position on 1 August, succeeding Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, who is stepping down at the end of July after around eleven years in the post.


April 2022


27.04.2022 Sanctions

Ukraine: Further EU sanctions against Russia implemented

In view of Russia’s ongoing military aggression in Ukraine, the Federal Council enacted further sanctions against Russia and Belarus on 27 April. This implements the Federal Council's decision of 13 April to adopt the EU's latest package of sanctions.

Inquiries for affected persons or companies:
sanctions@seco.admin.ch / 058 464 08 12

19.04.2022 USA

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin travels to the USA

On 19 and 20 April, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, will hold talks on cooperation in the areas of research, innovation and vocational education and training in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. He will then travel on to Washington, where he will attend the World Bank's 2022 Spring Meetings in his capacity as Swiss Governor on 21 and 22 April.

13.04.2022 Sanctions against Russia

Ordinance on measures connected with the situation in Ukraine

On 13 April 2022 the Federal Department of Economic Affairs EAER modified the list of persons annexed to the ordinance on measures connected with the situation in Ukraine. 217 individuals and 18 entities have been added to annex 8. The measures come into force at 6 p.m. on 13 April 2022.

Inquiries for affected persons or companies: sanctions@seco.admin.ch / 058 464 08 12

11.04.2022 Research

La situation sur le marché du travail en septembre 2021

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin to meet Bulgarian president and EU research commissioner in Sofia

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), will inaugurate the Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology (INSAIT) in Sofia on 11 April. During this visit, he will also hold talks on research, innovation and education in the context of Swiss-Bulgarian and Swiss-European cooperation.


March 2022


25.03.2022 Ukraine: Sanctions against Russia

Ukraine: Implementation of further EU sanctions

In response to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, the Federal Council took the decision on 25 March to adopt further sanctions against Russia, thereby implementing the Federal Council decision of 18 March to adopt the latest package of EU sanctions. The measures come into force at 11pm on 25 March.

Inquiries for affected persons or companies: sanctions@seco.admin.ch / 058 464 08 12

22.03.2022 WTO

Meeting between Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

On Tuesday, 22 March, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, the head of the EAER, held an hour-long meeting in Geneva with WTO Director-General Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Among the topics addressed during the discussions were the impact of the war in Ukraine on the world trade system and the WTO, the state of progress on the key negotiation dossiers, and preparations for the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference set to take place in Geneva in June.

18.03.2022 Ukraine: Adoption of further EU sanctions against Russia

Adoption of further EU sanctions against Russia

On 18 March, the Federal Council took the decision to adopt the new EU sanctions against Russia. The Federal Department of Economic Affairs EAER had already amended Annex 8 of the Ordinance on Measures connected with the Situation in Ukraine on 16 March, thereby imposing the current EU sanctions on a further 197 individuals and 9 entities.

Inquiries for affected persons or companies: sanctions@seco.admin.ch / 058 464 08 12

16.03.2022 Violations of international law in Ukraine: further individuals sanctioned

Violations of international law in Ukraine: further individuals sanctioned

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) today approved the sanctioning of over 200 further individuals and entities in connection with serious violations of international law by Russia in Ukraine. Switzerland’s list of sanctioned individuals and entities now fully mirrors that of the EU.

Inquiries for affected persons or companies: sanctions@seco.admin.ch / 058 464 08 12

01.03.2022 Ukraine

Switzerland adopts EU sanctions against Russia

In view of Russia’s continuing military intervention in Ukraine, the Federal Council took the decision on 28 February to adopt the packages of sanctions imposed by the EU on 23 and 25 February.

Switzerland adopts EU sanctions against Russia

Inquiries for affected persons or companies: sanctions@seco.admin.ch / 058 464 08 12


February 2022


16.02.2022 Copernicus

Federal Council to seek participation in Copernicus

At the end of January, the Federal Council decided to seek participation in Copernicus, the EU's Earth observation programme, in the current 2021–2027 programme period. On 16 February, it instructed DETEC to initiate technical talks with the EU in cooperation with the DDPS, the FDFA, DETEC and the EAER.

15.02.2022 Bordeaux

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin to attend a meeting of European labour ministers

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin is to attend an informal meeting of EU ministers for work, employment and social affairs in Bordeaux on Tuesday, 14 February. The meeting will focus on the impact of digitalisation and climate change on the labour market.

10-11.02.2022 Helsinki & Berlin

Working visit to Finland and Germany by Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin

Helsinki: meeting with Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari and the CEO of the NESA Janne Känkänen

Berlin: meeting with the German Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger

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January 2022


20.01.2022 OECD

Economic policy during the pandemic: The OECD praises Switzerland

In its latest economic survey of Switzerland, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) praises the country's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The Swiss economy and labour market have been resilient during the crisis up to now, writes the OECD. 


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