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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

The Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter sharply condemns the shelling of residential areas in Mariupol resulting in at least 30 civilians killed and a very high number of injured persons. He calls for the immediate resumption of talks.

At the invitation of Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Ministers in charge of WTO affairs and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met today in Davos. The purpose of the informal gathering was to discuss the negotiating agenda for 2015 in view of a conclusion of the Doha Round.

A meeting took place on the margins of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos between the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Didier Burkhalter, and the executive chairman of the WEF, Klaus Schwab, at which an agreement was signed on the status of the WEF in Switzerland.

Federal vote of the 30. November 2014

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.