Regional focus is priority, parliament tells Geneva, public transport companies

Geneva autoroute extension delayed Public transport financing ultimatum given BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss parliament has told the country’s transport companies to pull together and focus on creating regional transport systems, if they want the federal government and cantons to continue to increase funding in line with cost increases. The transport and telecommunications commission for […]

Reborn Russian Mirax to top up Moscow’s tallest tower

Swiss Aminona resort still a Polonsky project, he says GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -Mirax, whose colourful founder Sergei Polonsky, literally ate his tie during a TV interview in January 2011, has in the past week re-started construction on the building that in 2013 is expected to become Europe’s tallest building, at 360-plus metres with a spire that […]

Swiss gov’t cluster munitions treaty to Parliament for ratification

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government Monday 6 June agreed, as expected, to ratify the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). It signed the treaty in Dublin in 2008, along with 106 other countries, but needed to take the convention through several stages before ratification. A key step was the revision of Switzerland’s war material […]

Extra Geneva-Lausanne rail line gets 2018 funding

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Canton Vaud Tuesday 1 February approved the funds that will allow a third rail line for the congested Geneva-Lausanne tracks to be built in 2018 instead of four years later, as the federal government had planned. The area’s population has been growing rapidly for the past 20 years and projections are […]

Nobs quits snowboarding, cites lack of funds


Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – An Olympic bronze medal in Vancouver in 2010 and the world vice-champion title last year, plus three career world championships to her name have not been enough to ensure Switzerland’s Olivia Nobs enough financial security so the snowboard top athlete can continue to perform this year. The 28-year-old snowboarder’s surprise announcement […]

Swiss Alps mega-project near Crans-Montana will go ahead, Russians say


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Russian company scheduled to build a large luxury resort in Aminona, near Crans-Montana in Valais, has assured the local Swiss mayor the project will go ahead as planned, Swiss radio RSR reports. Stéphane Pont, the town manager of Mollens, Valais, the administrative commune in which Aminona is located, has reportedly […]

Nyon to introduce a trash bag tax


Nyon, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Nyon city council has voted to charge CHF1.80 per 35 litre garbage bag in order to bring its finances in line with Swiss federal law governing municipal financing. Nyon currently raises funds by levying a tax on water consumption. This will now change to a flat rate of CHF126 per […]