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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

At the quadripartite meeting of German-speaking foreign ministers in Berlin, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, condemned the incident yesterday in which an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission vehicle was fired upon in Ukraine, and called for strict observance of the ceasefire. In addition to the Ukraine crisis, the representatives of Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein discussed a number of other issues, including how to deal with foreign terrorist fighters returning from war zones and cooperation within the UN. The next quadripartite meeting will take place in Neuchâtel in 2015.

(FSO) - According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), industrial production fell by 0.4% in the 3rd quarter 2014 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Turnover fell by 1.0%. Orders received increased by 0.7% and orders on hand grew by 1.9%.

On 27 November 2014 the President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, will take part in a meeting in Berlin of the foreign ministers of Germany, Austria, the Principality of Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The talks with his German, Austrian and Liechtenstein counterparts, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Sebastian Kurz, and Aurelia Frick, will focus on current international issues and the work of the OSCE and its contribution to security in Europe.

Switzerland is supporting international efforts to combat the Ebola epidemic and is providing humani-tarian aid in West Africa. It is also ready to treat Ebola cases at home.
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.