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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



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From 27 to 29 September the two parties to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), convened in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the normalisation process and the implementation of a number of mechanisms envisaged in the peace agreement. Having accepted the invitation of both parties to chair the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission, Switzerland will be fully involved in the normalisation process through the Special Envoy, Ms Mô Bleeker, who will serve as Commission Chair.

Due to the economic slowdown and the recapitalization of several pension funds, the general government ended 2012 with a slight deficit. Both the cantons and municipalities were in negative territory, while the Confederation and social security funds remained positive. The situation should improve in 2013. However, the 2014 results of the government units will probably be adversely affected by the recapitalization of several cantonal pension funds. The debt ratio rose again temporarily in 2012, primarily in the cantons. However, it should return to its downward trend from 2014 onward. This is depicted in the latest financial statistics figures.

The quarterly GDP data is being published here for the first time in accordance with the European System of National Accounts (ESA) 2010. New annual and quarterly data has been calculated by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and the SECO since 1995*. As a result, this gives rise to new GDP quarterly estimates for the recent past as well. Under the previous ESA 95 regime the data published on the 02.09 showed a stagnation in GDP for the 2nd quarter 2014 compared with the previous quarter (0.0%) as well as growth of 0.6%** by comparison with the previous year. After the revision to ESA 2010, GDP for the 2nd quarter 2014 now shows growth of 0.2% compared with the previous quarter and respectively 1.4% compared with the same quarter in the previous year. The key factor in this context is the slightly higher positive impetus to growth from the revised trade balance in goods and services. The weakening of internal demand during the 2nd quarter, already published under the regime of ESA 95, remains unchanged after revision.

Find here the preliminary official results.
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.