From the energy strategy and old-age pension provision to measures addressing the strong franc: federal government policy is often influenced by certain key issues. You can find dossiers on some of those issues here.
As a consequence of the step-by-step withdrawal from the use of nuclear energy, it will be necessary to increase the use of renewable energy sources, as well as to improve energy efficiency.
The aim of Switzerland's free trade policy is to provide Swiss companies with an unobstructed, stable and non-discriminatory market access in these countries compared to their main competitors.
The acceptance of the initiative means the Federal Council is now charged with introducing a new immigration system and renegotiating and adapting the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons.
Security Policy comprises the sum of all measures to prevent, ward off and overcome threats of Switzerland and its inhabitants. Swiss security policy is also aimed at dealing with natural and man-made disasters and emergencies.
On 15 January 2015, the Swiss National Bank removed the exchange rate floor of CHF 1.20 per euro. This decision poses immense challenges for the export industry and tourism in particular.
The conflict in Syria has led to a major humanitarian crisis. Switzerland is admitting people in need of protection, participating in the European resettlement programme and providing assistance on the ground.
Switzerland thus accepts that the automatic exchange of information will be the global standard in the future for tax-compliant dealings with foreign clients.
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Climate change affects people, animals, plants and natural systems like oceans. In order to lower the risk of a critical breakdown, humans must significantly lower their greenhouse gas emissions.
Last modification 22.02.2017