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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

A number of staff changes have been announced for several Swiss representations abroad and at the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The changes will take place in 2015 as part of the usual transfer rotation and on the basis of appointments made by the Federal Council. The appointment of heads of mission becomes effective following approval by the respective host state. The Federal Council thanks those ambassadors entering retirement for their services.

During its meeting today, the Federal Council initiated the consultation on the ordinance regarding the flat-rate tax credit in the case of double taxation agreements (DTAs). As a result of the ordinance, and in response to the Pelli motion (13.3184) transmitted by parliament, foreign companies' permanent establishments in Switzerland should be granted the flat-rate tax credit in the future and thereby system-related over-taxation is to be avoided. The consultation will last until 23 December 2014.

At its meeting today, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the revision of the double taxation agreement with Belgium and submitted the agreement to the Federal Assembly for approval. The agreement contains an administrative assistance clause in accordance with the current international standard for the exchange of information upon request. The additional agreement will strengthen the good economic relations between Switzerland and Belgium.