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).
Die Delegationen der Schweiz und der Europäischen Union (EU) haben sich am 15. April 2014 in Brüssel zur zehnten Sitzung des Gemischten Ausschusses des bilateralen Abkommens für das öffentliche Beschaffungswesen getroffen. Zentrale Themen waren das Inkrafttreten des revidierten WTO-Übereinkommens über das öffentliche Beschaffungswesen und die entsprechende Anpassung der nationalen Gesetzgebungen im Bereich des öffentlichen Beschaffungswesens.
President Didier Burkhalter, Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer and Federal Councillor Alain Berset, who are the respective heads of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) and the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA), met with the athletes who participated in the Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympics in Sochi in 2014 at a reception held today in the Parliament Building to congratulate them for their achievements.
From 15 to 16 April 2014, a Swiss delegation headed by the SDC director-general, Martin Dahinden, will take part in the first high-level meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. The participants will discuss progress achieved in the implementation of the measures determined in 2011 in the South Korean city of Busan to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of development cooperation. At the meeting Switzerland will advocate in particular for greater ownership on the part of the individual partner countries, a more results-oriented approach, comprehensive partnerships, transparency, and mutual accountability.
Blackmail using malware is not only on the rise, but is becoming extremely malicious. In September 2013 the malware «Cryptolocker» was detected for the first time. It encrypts all data stored on the computer and thereby blackmails its victims to make payments. This, as well as other common incidents of customer and credit card data theft, the newest revelations surrounding the NSA, Bitcoin and tampering with industrial control systems, are the main focus of today’s publication of the MELANI Report for the second half of 2013.