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Switzerland's role

Dominik Plüss/Public Eye Campaign event in front of Syngenta's headquarter in Basel, Switzerland

Syngenta's headquarters is in Basel. Switzerland represents the interests of the agricultural corporation as part of its foreign economic policy, e.g. through free trade agreements. At the official level, however, Switzerland has also voiced criticisms of Syngenta in the past – for example, when the Federal Council answered a parliamentary proposal in 2002 by stating that Switzerland had already banned paraquat in 1989 as a reaction to its high toxicity for humans, especially if it is misused or abused.