Didier Burkhalter - Swiss president for 2014

Swiss President traditionally elected from the government of the country for one year.During this time he performs his duties, leaving the old office.The functions of the president, as a rule, representation.He appealed to the country during the holidays, at the opening of official events, Visits to foreign countries.

In early January 2014 in the post of Swiss President Didier Burkhalter joined.The election, which took place in December of the previous year, provided the new president almost ninety percent of the votes of the members of parliament.Prior to that, the preside
nt was the Minister of Defence of Switzerland Ueli Maurer, who represented the right-wing Swiss People's Party.

Didier Burkhalter was born in 1960 and entered politics in the early '90s, becoming a member of parliament of one of the Swiss cantons.Ten years later, he entered the National Council of the country, and then in the Council of States of Switzerland.Since January 2013 Burkhalter served as vice president, combining this post with the leadership of the Department of Foreign Affairs. new president of Switzerland is married and is the father of three children.By education Burkhalter - economist.

Swiss President: Priorities for activities

new president of the country, representing the Free Democratic Party, intends focuses on foreign policy and international relations, including cooperation with countries outside the European Union.Since Burkhalter is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs of his country, he was close to matters related to foreign policy.

active participation of the President of Switzerland took in the events related to the crisis in Ukraine.At the beginning of March 2014 Burkhalter made a statement that this country should send a delegation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). President expressed concern that Ukraine today there is no sufficient guarantees of security and respect for human rights.

new president of Switzerland called on the parties to respect the principles of the Ukrainian conflict underlying the activities of the OSCE, including the territorial integrity of sovereign states.Switzerland actively and purposefully working on the convening of the contact group on the situation in Ukraine, which could become a mediator between the parties to the conflict and to coordinate assistance to Kiev at the level of international representatives.