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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, Didier Burkhalter, received on Tuesday in Bern the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Swiss national Pierre Krähenbühl. The discussion focused on the crises in the Middle East and Switzerland's support for UNRWA.

The company Veinpress GmbH won the CTI Swiss Medtech Award of CHF 10 000 at the CTI Medtech Events in the Kursaal in Bern today. The company was awarded the prize for the joint development with the ETH Zurich of a novel method for measuring central venous pressure, without having to insert a catheter. The prize of the Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI was awarded to one of the three projects, which were nominated for the first time through live voting by the experts present.

In the 2nd quarter 2014 Switzerland’s real gross domestic product (GDP) was unchanged against the previous quarter (0.0%)*. The balance of trade in goods and services made a small negative contribution to GDP growth, with a small positive impetus coming from private household consumption and a neutral contribution from investments (in construction and equipment). On the production side (development of value added by sector) industry, the wholesale sector and financial services (accounting for a total of about 40% of GDP) failed to provide any impetus to growth. Public sector areas also reported no increase in value added. This led to a rise in GDP of 0.6% compared with the 2nd quarter 2013.