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Das SECO präsentiert am Dienstag, 5. Juli 2016, den «12. Bericht des Observatoriums zum Freizügigkeitsabkommen Schweiz-EU: Auswirkungen der Personenfreizügigkeit auf den Schweizer Arbeitsmarkt 2015» an einer Medienkonferenz. Diese findet statt um 10.00 Uhr im Medienzentrum Bundeshaus, Bundesgasse 8-12, 3003 Bern.

On Monday, 27 June, President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann received Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Bern for an official working visit. Later that day, the president and prime minister attended the EFTA Ministerial Meeting at which a free trade agreement was signed with Georgia. Bilateral talks focused on efforts to promote peace in the Caucasus and Switzerland’s cooperation strategy for the South Caucasus region.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) are jointly publishing the 2015 Annual Report on Swiss International Cooperation, which is divided into five chapters. In 2015, Switzerland achieved an important milestone towards sustainable development by adopting the 2030 Agenda. It also continued its efforts to provide opportunities for people in its partner countries. In response to the proliferation of violent conflicts, the SDC provided emergency aid to victims on the ground and to forcibly displaced people.

Der Bund fördert neu finanziell Projekte, die einen Beitrag zur Erhöhung des inländischen Fachkräftepotenzials leisten. Die Fördermittel belaufen sich auf jährlich 400.000 Franken und sind bis Ende 2018 befristet. Das Geld stammt aus dem Budget der Fachkräfteinitiative (FKI).

Die Anzahl Betriebskontrollen sowie die eingesetzten Ressourcen zur Bekämpfung der Schwarzarbeit sind im Kontrolljahr 2015 gestiegen. Um die Bekämpfung der Schwarzarbeit wirksamer auszugestalten hat der Bundesrat eine Gesetzesänderung sowie die entsprechende Botschaft vorbereitet. Zusätzlich wird die Ausbildung für die kantonalen Inspektoren gezielt verbessert.

Economic forecasts by the Federal Government's Expert Group – Summer 2016* - The economies of industrialised nations are currently growing at a moderate rate. While the United States saw only weak GDP growth in the first quarter, the Euro area's growth was a pleasant surprise. Growth projections in emerging countries for 2016 are revised downward for the fifth time in a row. A range of economic indicators suggests that the global economy will develop fairly positively this year and next. The risk of a persistently negative price trend reduced slightly over the past few months in various countries. In this positive yet fragile environment, the Swiss economy is set to grow by an average of 1.4% in 2016; real growth of 1.8% is forecast for 2017. Over the coming months, unemployment will rise marginally once again (average for 2016: 3.6%, 2017: 3.5%), while a small increase in employment is expected (+0.4% on average) by the end of the year. There are therefore no major changes to forecasts for GDP and the labour market between March and June 2016.

Senior officials from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO and the Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) of the Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, met today in Bern for their first economic dialogue. The two delegations consulted on developments in the economic situation and the bilateral regulatory framework and also considered current international and domestic regulatory reforms. One of the main topics addressed was the protection of intellectual property. The exchange is intended to further strengthen bilateral economic relations and pave the way for improved conditions for trade and investment between the two countries. It is in the interests of both countries to look for ways of overcoming existing challenges in the area of trade finance.

Registrierte Arbeitslosigkeit im Mai 2016 - Gemäss den Erhebungen des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft (SECO) waren Ende Mai 2016 144’778 Arbeitslose bei den Regionalen Arbeitsvermittlungszentren (RAV) eingeschrieben, 4’762 weniger als im Vormonat. Die Arbeitslosenquote sank damit von 3,5% im April 2016 auf 3,3% im Berichtsmonat. Gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat erhöhte sich die Arbeitslosigkeit um 8’429 Personen (+6,2%).

President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Geneva for an official meeting on Monday, 6 June. Top of the agenda in view of the negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EFTA member states and India were economic and trade issues, and cooperation between Switzerland and India in international forums and on education, research and innovation. After the meeting, a round table with Swiss business leaders was held.

Switzerland’s real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.1% in the 1st quarter of 2016.* GDP was underpinned by consumption expenditure from private households and investments in construction and equipment but curbed slightly by government consumption. On the production side, the picture was mixed: whilst financial services and the hotel and catering industry saw a decline, value added in manufacturing, construction and the healthcare sector increased. In comparison with the 1st quarter of 2015, GDP grew by 0.7% and the GDP deflator lost 1%.

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