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Federal Administration (directory of the federal departments and offices)

FCh Federal Chancellery
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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

Information from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI

The Federal Council acknowledges that the foundation Kunstmuseum Bern, a foundation under Swiss private law, has said it accepts the estate of Cornelius Gurlitt. It welcomes the fact that the agreement concluded expressly recognises the Washington Principles of 1998, and thus allows to continue the investigation of the provenance of the art of the Gurlitt estate. These Principles, which have been recognised by Switzerland and 43 other states, are crucial for the resolution of issues in the field of looted art. The federal government considers it to be extremely important that looted art is quickly returned to the original owners.

(FSO) - According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the quarterly indicators of the employment barometer show employment growth of 0.7% in the 3rd quarter 2014 compared with the same quarter a year earlier. Employment increased again in both the secondary (+0.6%) and tertiary sector (+0.8%). The number of vacancies (-1.6%) fell slightly, whereas the employment outlook indicator (+0.4%) and difficulty in recruiting personnel (+1.6%) increased compared with the same quarter of the previous year.

Switzerland is supporting international efforts to combat the Ebola epidemic and is providing humani-tarian aid in West Africa. It is also ready to treat Ebola cases at home.
The acceptance of the mass immigration initiative by the electorate and cantons on 9 February means the Federal Council is now charged with introducing a new immigration system within three years. The Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons must be renegotiated and adapted to Switzerland's new immigration system. At the same time, the government must hold talks with the European Union regarding existing and potential bilateral negotiations.