Meeting between Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf and Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States
Bern, 02.05.2014 - On Friday, 2 May 2014 in Washington D.C., Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf met for talks with Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States. She was accompanied by State Secretary Jacques de Watteville as well as representatives of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Department of Justice and Police. The talks with Mr. Holder focused on the current US programme to settle the tax dispute for category 2, 3 and 4 banks, as well as the ongoing US criminal investigations concerning category 1 banks domiciled in Switzerland.
Switzerland is committed to ensuring with the US authorities a fair and balanced procedure in accordance with the principle of proportionality in order to prevent Swiss banks from being treated worse than other banks.The Federal Department of Finance does not wish to comment on the ongoing proceedings involving group 1 banks. The US programme to settle the tax dispute for category 2, 3 and 4 banks is going according to plan.
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