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The Federal Authorities

Federal Administration (directory of the federal departments and offices)

FCh Federal Chancellery
FDFA Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
FDHA Federal Department of Home Affairs
FDJP Federal Department of Justice and Police
DDPS Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport
FDF Federal Department of Finance
EAER Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
DETEC Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications



Press releases

At this year's Annual Development Cooperation Conference in Geneva, several speakers including the state secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Yves Rossier, took the floor to stress the dangers that climate change poses to the progress made in the fight against poverty and for sustainable development. Since this is a global phenomenon, the speakers called on all countries of the North and South to develop solutions together to address this major challenge.

On 28 August, a workshop on alternatives to ratings from credit rating agencies (CRAs) took place in Bern. It was attended by participants from federal authorities as well as from financial sector companies and associations. The exchange of experiences demonstrated that CRA ratings play an important and useful role for Swiss financial market participants, but that alternatives are also widely used. The risks associated with reliance on CRA ratings are considered to be low for Switzerland.

On the recommendation of the Federal Art Commission, the Federal Office of Culture (FOC) awards the accolades to the artists Anton Bruhin and Pipilotti Rist, art historian Catherine Quéloz, and the architecture partnership “pool”. Each award is worth CHF 40,000. The presentation ceremony takes place on 28 October 2014 at the Flux Laboratory in Zurich.