(FSO) - According to the final annual results of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), Switzerland's 51 youth hostels included in the survey generated 947,000 overnight stays in 2013, i.e. an increase of 3.3% compared with 2012. For their part, the 418 campsites considered in this statistic recorded 2.9 million overnight stays, representing a decline of 3.4% compared with the previous year.
On 22 May 2014 Federal Councillor Alain Berset will attend the inaugural Swiss Theatre Awards of the Federal Office of Culture (FOC). The ceremony will be held as part of the 1st Swiss Theatre Encounter at the Theater Winterthur. Following the recommendation of the Federal Jury for Theatre, the FOC has chosen Omar Porras as the first recipient of the Swiss Grand Prix Theatre/Hans Reinhart Ring award.
(OFS) - At the end of 2013, Switzerland's permanent resident population was 8,136,700, i.e. an increase of 97,600 persons (+1.2%) compared with 2012. Currently in Switzerland, one in five women and one in six men are aged over 64. The number of those aged 100 or over has increased by 6.6% compared with 2012. These are the provisional findings of the population and households statistics (STATPOP) issued by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Didier Burkhalter, the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), will visit Serbia, Albania and Kosovo on Thursday and Friday to meet with the countries' leaders and discuss Switzerland's engagement during its OSCE chairmanship. The Western Balkans are an important arena for OSCE operations, with six missions currently under way there. Reconciliation and cooperation efforts in this region are one of the priorities of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship, building on Switzerland's long-standing commitment to peace policy in this part of the world.
Following the suspension of negotiations on Switzerland’s association to Erasmus+, the Federal Council tasked the EAER with drawing up an interim solution for 2014. This was approved at today’s Federal Council meeting. The interim solution gives priority to mobility activities and is based on the principle that Switzerland wishes to regain full associate country status.
In the future, the Federal Council will require foreign companies which provide services in Switzerland temporarily to indicate their Swiss VAT number. This is to occur within the scope of the existing online declaration procedure for temporary employment in Switzerland and serves to improve verification of VAT liability. At its meeting today, the Federal Council instructed the Federal Department of Finance, together with the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), to take care of the implementation of the measure.
The Federal Council would like Switzerland to continue its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol. Between now and 2020, it would like Switzerland to reduce its emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels. This objective is consistent with the aims of the CO2 Act. At a meeting today, the Federal Council adopted a dispatch to this effect for the attention of the Swiss parliament.
At its meeting today, the Federal Council approved the consolidated financial statements for 2013. Overall, the financial situation of the central and decentralized units of the Confederation is encouraging, with a surplus of CHF 1 billion generated for the year.
Der im Auftrag des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft SECO verfasste Bericht „Fachkräftemangel in der Schweiz“ verschafft einen Überblick über die Nachfrage nach Fachkräften in verschiedenen Berufsfeldern. Rund 36% der Erwerbstätigen arbeiten in einem Beruf mit einem Verdacht auf Fachkräftemangel. Besonders häufig finden sich Anzeichen für einen schwer zu deckenden Fachkräftebedarf in Berufen des Managements, im Bereich Administration, Finanzen und Rechtswesen, in Gesundheitsberufen, in Lehr- und Kulturberufen sowie in Berufen der Technik und Informatik (MINT).