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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

Restructuring in the asylum sector, a week of action against trafficking in human beings, and the admission of groups of Syrian refugees are just some of the issues that the Federal Office for Migration (FOM) dealt with in 2013. The Migration Report 2013, which was published today, contains numbers and statistics, along with reports on the FOM's various activities.

Flavia Schlegel, a former staff member at the Federal Office of Public Health and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, has been appointed assistant director-general for natural sciences at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) by the organisation's director-general, Irina Bokova.

To protect the civilian population in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, and to help the large numbers of victims in Gaza, the parties to the conflict must urgently implement an effective ceasefire and commit unconditionally to fulfilling their obligations under international law. The FDFA has once again stated its support for international efforts and reiterates its call and readiness to improve the plight of civilians and restore chances for a political settlement to the conflict. In its capacity as depositary state of the Geneva Conventions, Switzerland began consultations with the states parties to the conventions following an official Palestinian request to hold a conference by the end of the year.

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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.