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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

At its last meeting, the Federal Council decided to launch the consultation on the third series of corporate tax reforms. The reform is designed to develop the Swiss tax system further and boost competitiveness while taking international developments into account. Switzerland's appeal as a tax location should be enhanced and companies should continue to make an important contribution to financing the tasks of the federal government, the cantons and the communes. The draft is the result of several years of preparatory work in which the cantons and businesses were closely involved.

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.