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03.08.2015   
Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann will be representing Switzerland at the official opening of the newly expanded Suez Canal in Ismaïlia, Egypt on 6 August 2015. The economics minister and vice-president of the Federal Council will also be holding bilateral talks with heads of state and government whilst in Egypt.

30.07.2015   
Gemäss der Studie «Firmen und E-Government» wickeln immer mehr Firmen ihre Behördengänge online ab. Spitzenreiter sind die Sozialversicherungen, wo beispielsweise bei der Unfallversicherung 69% und bei der AHV/IV 68% der Befragten bereits heute Transaktionen über das Internet abwickeln. Gleichzeitig werden das Internetangebot wie auch die Kundenfreundlichkeit der Verwaltung positiv beurteilt. Für die Studie befragte das Forschungsinstitut gfs.bern im Auftrag des SECO 1‘023 Unternehmen in der ganzen Schweiz.

21.07.2015   
Am 1. August 2015 tritt die neue Departements-Verordnung gestützt auf Artikel 25 Absatz 4 der Verordnung 2 zum Arbeitsgesetz in Kraft. Diese bezeichnet die Einkaufszentren, die den Bedürfnissen des internationalen Fremdenverkehrs dienen und damit am Sonntag ihre Angestellten bewilligungsfrei beschäftigen können. Foxtown Factory Stores in Mendrisio wurde als erstes Einkaufszentrum in die Verordnung aufgenommen. Anträge der Kantone um Aufnahme von weiteren Einkaufszentren in diese Verordnung werden fortlaufend geprüft.

13.07.2015   
The new sustainable development goals require a comprehensive financial basis. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which begins today in Addis Ababa and runs until 16 July, will develop a framework to this end. Switzerland is actively involved in the negotiations.

09.07.2015   
Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann wrapped up his trip to the U.S. today by signing a declaration of intent on Vocational Education and Training with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker. This declaration will pave the way to more substantive cooperation between Switzerland and the U.S.. Before the declaration was signed, the Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) held talks with U.S. government representatives on economic issues, namely the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). On the first leg of the trip, the economic and scientific delegation, led by the Head of the EAER, visited the West Coast of the United States to promote Switzerland as a destination for education, research and investment, and to promote new partnerships in innovation.

07.07.2015   
Registrierte Arbeitslosigkeit im Juni 2015 - Gemäss den Erhebungen des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft (SECO) waren Ende Juni 2015 133’256 Arbeitslose bei den Regionalen Arbeitsvermittlungszentren (RAV) eingeschrieben, 3’093 weniger als im Vormonat. Die Arbeitslosenquote sank damit von 3,2% im Mai 2015 auf 3,1% im Berichtsmonat. Gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat erhöhte sich die Arbeitslosigkeit um 6’624 Personen (+5,2%).

03.07.2015   
Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER, will travel to the USA with a business and scientific delegation between 5 and 10 July. The aim of the visit to California, including Silicon Valley, and to Washington is to deepen cooperation, particularly on innovation and vocational training, as well as to strengthen economic relations with the USA.

01.07.2015   
On 1 July, the Federal Council decreed additional rules on the implementation of the import ban for war material from Russia and Ukraine to cover special cases. To that end it amended the Ordinance on Measures to prevent the Circumvention of International Sanctions connected with the Situation in Ukraine. The amended ordinance comes into force at 6 pm today.

30.06.2015   
One year ago, on 1 July 2014, the free trade agreement between Switzerland and Chi-na, which had been signed a year earlier by Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and his Chinese counterpart, entered into force. The comprehensive agree-ment with our third largest trade partner is a milestone in Swiss foreign economic pol-icy and Swiss businesses are showing an enormous interest in the possibilities it brings. Exports to China have risen by 3 per cent and imports from the country have risen by at least 4 per cent, while Swiss exports to the rest of the world have grown by only 0.4%.

29.06.2015   
Beijing, 29 June 2015 – Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann was Switzerland’s representative at today’s signing in Beijing of the document marking the country’s participation in the founding process of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The bank is designed to promote sustainable economic development in Asia. In addition, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research also met Chinese President Xi Jinping and Finance Minister Lou Jiwei. The finance minister gave his assurance that China will support Switzerland’s participation at the G-20 Finance Track.

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