Mormons dismayed at Swiss job quota change, EU wants easier rules (update)

Dialogue with Mormons to remain open, but quick change appears unlikely Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A statement by the European Commission Tuesday 14 December on relations with Switzerland and its fellow Efta countries, could be a setback for a US-based group that would like to see its religious missionaries continue to work in Switzerland. Switzerland […]

Swiss social security, leaving Switzerland

The Swiss government provides two useful brochures for people working here who are considering relocating or retiring elsewhere. Both are in pdf format and can be downloaded: Social Security in Switzerland, January 2010 update Leaving Switzerland and Moving to an EU or EFTA country Additional information is available from the Swiss-EU Liaison Office.

Stream of foreigners coming to Switzerland slows its pace


Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Foreigners living in Switzerland accounted for nearly 1.7 people at the end of August 2009. Of these, 1,053,000 were from the European Union-27 and the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) states, an increase of 4.6 percent over August 2008, according to numbers released by the Federal Office for Migration in Bern. […]

Free trade agreement with Colombia under pressure


Geneva, Switzerland (Le Temps, Fre) -Switzerland’s lower house of parliament, the National Council, is debating the free trade agreement with Colombia today 25 May. The government has signed it but needs to ratify the treaty. Citing “serious and systematic” human rights violations in Colombia, 33 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), led by Alliance Sud , the Berne […]

EFTA and Russia agree to start bilateral negotiations

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The European Free Trade Association (EFTA), of which Switzerland is a member, and Russia have agreed to start negotiations in September for a free trade agreement. The announcement follows a preliminary study by the two groups. The other members of EFTA are Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

European Free Trade Association to sign with Colombia

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Ministers from the European Free Trade Association meeting in Geneva Monday with Colombia’s commerce minister, Luis Guillermo Plata Páez, are expected to sign a free trade agreement and to meet with Russia’s commerce minister to discuss the feasibility of a free trade agreement.