About APES

The Foreign Press Association in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

The Foreign Press Association in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, known by its French acronym APES, was founded in Geneva in 1928 and now has over 120 members representing media from every continent.

The majority of members are based in and around Geneva in French-speaking Switzerland, home to many United Nations and other international agencies.

There is also a sizeable contingent in German-speaking Zurich, Switzerland’s commercial hub, with a sprinkling in Bern, the Swiss capital, and Basel, a major cultural centre.

In addition to representing the professional interests of its members, APES facilitates their work through its contacts with Swiss federal and cantonal authorities, organisations and enterprises spanning all aspects of Swiss life, including politics, business, finance, science and culture.

Through these contacts APES organises a varied programme of activities for members including, each year, a themed visit to one of Switzerland’s 26 cantons and a dinner or lunch with the Swiss President as guest of honour to which many other prominent Swiss are also invited.

Upcoming events


September – 3 days Press trip to Spain, SNCF

10 October – Press conference with two pilots of Solar Impulse Dr. Bertrand Piccard and Mr. André Borschberg

27 October – Press conference by Swiss Confederation President Schneider-Ammann

Recent activities

Andreï GRATCHEV, historien et politologue, ancien conseiller et porte-parole de Mikhaïl Gorbatchev auteur de "Le passé de la Russie est imprévisible, Journal de bord d'un enfant du dégel" (Alma Editeur, 2014) pendant une conférence de presse

26 April – Andrei Gratchev, former spokesman of the USSR President Gorbachev


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21 April  – Meeting with the media, ICRC President, Mr. Peter Maurer



14 January – Meeting with the Press, Director-General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Ambassador William Lacy Swing



13 January – Press conference at the World Economic Forum, President Mr. Klaus Schwab.

Special seminar by Mr Espen Barth Eide, Head of Geopolitical Affairs, and Mrs Jennifer Blanke, Chief Economist, and moderated by Mr. Oliver Cann, Head of Media.


Tony Tyler, Chief Executive Officer of the International Air Transport Association's speaking at IATA's Global Media Day on 10 December 2015.

Tony Tyler, Chief Executive Officer of the International Air Transport Association’s speaking at IATA’s Global Media Day on 10 December 2015.

Global airline outlook looks bright, but with challenges, says IATA

The airline industry worldwide generally showed improved results over the past year and can look forward to an improved performance in 2016, says Tony Tyler, the CEO of the International Air Transport Association.

Mr Tyler addressed journalists from all around the world, including APES members on 10 December 2015. Due to retire from his post mid-year, Mr Tyler cautioned that the profitability of airlines is still better described as “fragile” rather than “sustainable”.


Press conference by Swiss Bankers Association Chief Executive Officer Claude-Alain Margelisch on 9 December

Mr Margelisch’s overview was an insight into the financial world’s international standards and looked at how Swiss banks are implementing them.

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Swiss Confederation President Simonetta Sommaruga’s press conference 

More than  50 APES members attended a press conference and luncheon in honour of Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation on 12 October 2015 in Geneva. In her remarks the Swiss president spoke on issues around migrants and refugees in Europe.

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