The Federal Council has acknowledged the decision of the European Commission to suspend Switzerland’s association to the EU’s Erasmus+, Horizon 2020 and MEDIA programmes and instead give Switzerland third-country status from 2014. The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the Federal Office of Culture (FOC) have been asked to draw up interim solutions for the three programmes.
The State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, was today attending an event in Zagreb to launch a joint project between Croatia and the Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL, accompanied by EPFL president Patrick Aebischer and Martin Vetterli, president of the Research Council at the Swiss National Science Foundation. The Croatian government was represented by the deputy minister for Science, Education and Sport, Saša Zelenika, and the deputy minister for Regional Development, Jakša Puljiz.
(FSO) - The Swiss Consumer Price Index calculated by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) rose by 0.1% in February 2014 compared with the previous month, reaching 98.7 points (December 2010=100). Compared to the same month in the previous year, the inflation rate was -0.1%, compared with annualised rates of +0.1% in January 2014 and of -0.3% in February 2013.
(FSO) - According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the Swiss hotel industry registered 2.8 million overnight stays in January 2014, which corresponds to a growth of 1.5% (+41,000 overnight stays) compared with January 2013. Domestic visitors recorded 1.3 million overnight stays, representing an increase of 1.5% (+19,000 overnight stays). Foreign demand registered 1.5 million overnight stays, i.e. a rise of 1.5% (+22,000 overnight stays).
Registrierte Arbeitslosigkeit im Februar 2014 - Gemäss den Erhebungen des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft (SECO) waren Ende Februar 2014 149’259 Arbeitslose bei den Regionalen Arbeitsvermittlungszentren (RAV) eingeschrieben, 4’001 weniger als im Vormonat. Die Arbeitslosenquote verharrte bei 3,5% im Berichtsmonat. Gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat erhöhte sich die Arbeitslosigkeit um 3’258 Personen (+2,2%).