Das KMU-Portal des SECO ist mit über 1.4 Millionen Besuchern 2014 eine stark frequentierte Webseite für Unternehmen. Nebst den bisher angebotenen Online-Dienstleistungen der Bundesverwaltung, stehen neu auch die der Kantone zur Verfügung.
(FSO) - According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), production in the construction sector fell by 4.3% in 4th quarter 2014 compared with the previous year, turnover fell by 4.6%.
From 3 to 4 March 2015, delegations from Switzerland and China met in Bern for the 13th round of their bilateral human rights dialogue. The constructive atmosphere and the confidential framework of the meeting permitted the two sides to conduct an open and critical discussion on different views of the rule of law and criminal justice as well as about international cooperation on human rights and the inclusion of civil society.
Today in Canberra, Switzerland and Australia signed a joint declaration on the introduction of the automatic exchange of information in tax matters on a reciprocal basis. This is the first such declaration signed by Switzerland with a partner state. In accordance with their commitment to the Global Forum, Switzerland and Australia intend to start collecting data in 2017 and first transmit data in 2018, after the necessary legal basis has been created in both countries.
Switzerland’s real gross domestic product (GDP) in the 4th quarter 2014 rose by 0.6%* compared with the previous quarter. Private and public consumption expenditures as well as the balance of trade in goods delivered positive growth contributions. By contrast, the balance of trade in services and gross investments in equipment both failed to provide some impetus to growth. On the production side, the strongest contributions to GDP growth came from manufacturing, financial services, property and housing and the public sector. The GDP deflator remained almost unchanged against the 4th quarter 2013 (0.0%). The results of the quarterly national accounts give an initial and provisional GDP growth rate for the full year 2014 at constant prices of 2.0% compared with the 1.9% growth rate achieved in 2013.
[ Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology ]
Methane emissions are strongly reduced in lakes with anoxic bottom waters. But here – contrary to what has previously been assumed – methane removal is not due to archaea or anaerobic bacteria. A new study on Lake Cadagno in Canton Ticino shows that the microorganisms responsible are aerobic proteobacteria. The oxygen they require is produced in situ by photosynthetic algae.
Switzerland has won a gold medal, a bronze and an honorary appreciation in the “Best Book Design from all over the World” competition. The award-winning titles were among the 17 “Most Beautiful Swiss Books” of 2014 chosen in January by the Federal Office of Culture.
[ Federal Laboratory for Materials Testing and Research ]
Our energy supplies are in a state of fundamental flux, the primary challenges being to reduce our CO2 emissions and to move from fossil and nuclear energy sources to renewables. The automobile industry is, of course, also involved in this metamorphosis – in addition to the introduction of vehicles with new power trains, the supply of the appropriate fuels for them is of vital importance. Recently at Empa representatives from the political and financial fields, as well as the automobile industry and various areas of research showed how these challenges might be tackled
As part of a four-day visit ending today, the State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Yves Rossier, has held political consultations in South Africa and Burundi. In South Africa, the two parties established a platform for cooperation in the area of human rights. In Burundi, the State Secretary met with President Pierre Nkurunziza as well as several key stakeholders in light of the elections to be held in June of this year.