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Profile of registrant

Contact Office for European Research, Innovation and Education

Identification number in the register: 94320538514-40
Registration date: 05/04/12 14:45:07

The information on this organisation was last modified on 10/03/14 14:03:45
The date of the last annual update was 10/03/14 14:03:45

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Contact Office for European Research, Innovation and Education
Acronym: SwissCore
Legal status: Brussels branch office of private foundation under Swiss law
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Daniel Höchli
Position: Director

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Jean-Luc Barras
Position: Head of Division International Cooperation

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 3 Wildhainweg 
P.O. box: 8232
Bern 3001
Telephone number: (+41) 31 308 22 22
Fax number: (+41) 31 301 30 09
Other contact information: Contact details Brussels Office:
98, rue du Trône 98
B-1050 Bruxelles
Phone +32 2 549 09 80
Fax +32 2 549 09 89

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: We are the Swiss information and liaison office for European research, innovation and education in Brussels. Ideologically we share and defend three core values:

As exponents of ‘Swissness’ abroad, we strive towards highest standards of excellence in our individual and institutional work and services.

As representatives of the Swiss knowledge institutions, we firmly believe that all knowledge institutions are autonomous vis-à-vis state, business, religion and other societal players and should be neither instrumentalised nor submitted. We underline, that this autonomy consists of both rights and duties.

As exponents of a multicultural and cohesive society in the heart of Europe, we engage in the further European integration through cooperation in research, innovation and education and offer our autonomy and excellence for the sake of others.

We bring Swiss excellence, autonomy and engagement in research, innovation and education to Europe!

Our mission is:
1) to bridge between Swiss and European knowledge institutions;
2) to support Swiss participation in European knowledge programmes.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 4
Complementary information: The persons engaged are the Head of Office and the three European Advisors for 1) Research, 2) Innovation and 3) Education.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Florence Balthasar 05/07/14 03/07/15
David Bohmert 05/07/14 03/07/15
Martin Müller 05/07/14 03/07/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Our activities are the following:
1) to provide high-quality information by writing articles, infomails, notes, reports and by publishing the Synopsis;
2) to liaise between Europe and Switzerland in the fields of research, innovation and education by answering questions, giving presentations and speeches and participating at and organising of meetings and events;
3) to support the Swiss participation at European level by providing brokerage and strategic advice, organising visits to and traineeships in Brussels, offering office facilities and by giving specialised trainings;
4) to promote the Swiss knowledge institutions at European level by executing ad hoc replacements of Swiss representatives and ad personam representations of Swiss organisations at European level, by representing the Swiss knowledge institutions within IGLO and by providing special support to Science Europe.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Education
  • Research and Technology


Total number of members that are natural persons: 7
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

SwissCore is member of the Informal Group of RTD Liaison Offices in Brussels for EU and R&D (IGLO). For more information:

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 648,435
of which public financing: 648,435
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources: 648,435
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources:
- donations:
- contributions from members:
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 600000  € - 700000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.