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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 President of the Swiss Confederation and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Didier Burkhalter spoke strongly in favour of close and solid relations between Switzerland and Italy during his meeting in Rome with Matteo Renzi, President of the Council of Ministers. Italy has held the presidency of the European Council since 1 July 2014. Mr Burkhalter and Mr Renzi addressed a range of bilateral issues and discussed Switzerland’s EU policy. A meeting was also held with the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini.

(FSO) - According to the latest results from the Federal Statistical Office, the number of agricultural holdings fell again in 2013 to 55,207 units (-2.4% compared with the previous year) whereas the utilised agricultural area remained stable (-0.1%). The number of people working in agriculture, employing mainly family members, declined by 1.9% compared with 2012. Animal production was characterised by a boom in the poultry sector, stability in the bovine livestock population and a decline in the number of pigs.

The President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Didier Burkhalter, will meet the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday 29 July in Rome. Various bilateral matters will be on the agenda, including the issue of Swiss policy in relation to the European Union. On the same day, President Burkhalter will hold talks with Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini.

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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.