Extracts from the joint press briefing by Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss Federal Councilor, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-060698   Duration: 10:38:35  Lieu:
End production: 26/02/2009   First transmission: 26/02/2009
Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss Federal Councilor, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, visited on 26/02/2009, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy. Benita Ferrero-Waldner has her congratulated for the results of the referendum, about the continuation of the partnership agreement between EU and Switzerland. Now, both sides will continue to work in a framework agreement. The questions of the Swiss tax system and bank secrete have been also discussed.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:35:52 Title 00:00:04
10:35:57 Arrival to the press briefing 00:00:05
10:36:02 Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, saying (in FRENCH) that she reiterated her sincere congratulations, that she has already given to Ms. Calmy-Rey, that the Swiss people have approved the referendum with so much enthusiasm. 60% of the population voted 'yes' for continuing this key agreement for their relationship. This vote and now the consequences allow to continue their relation in a common interest domain. Switzerland has also proved its engagement and cooperation with the EU with its adhesion to the Schengen zone. 00:00:44
10:36:46 Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss Federal Councilor, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, saying (in FRENCH) that this partnership will now continue and will consolidate. It is already consolidated with the rule of 24 hours, as her colleague already said, in the customs agreement, and also in decision of the Federal Council in order to participate at the operation of the EU at Atlanta. 00:00:21
10:37:07 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:37:12 Benita Ferrero-Waldner saying (in FRENCH) that the question of tax system is in the right direction. But they would like to see a bit more of sectorisation. Obviously they don't want to see favors to different Swiss enterprises. It is really need it to have a level playing field. 00:00:29
10:37:41 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:37:46 Benita Ferrero-Waldner saying (in FRENCH) that Swiss authorities have clearly said that the bank secret must not protect cheaters. And the EU welcomes this line which reinforces their own position in favor of an increased transparency. 00:00:21
10:38:07 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:38:13 Micheline Calmy-Rey saying (in FRENCH) that Swiss government has proposed to launch in consultation, a certain number of adaptation of the cantonese tax statutes, in view of a treatment equality between the earnings of the Swiss sources and the earnings of the foreign sources, including the general interdiction of the commercial activity for the holding companies, the suppression of the status "registered address company", and the adaptations of the tax treatment for the joint companies. 00:00:22
10:38:35 Departure 00:00:12
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