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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 Federal Department of Finance (FDF) and the Swiss National Bank (SNB) have agreed on a supplementary profit distribution of CHF 1 billion. Therefore, the overall profit distribution to the Confederation and the cantons will probably amount to CHF 2 billion. Two thirds of this will go to the cantons and one third to the Confederation.

Some 900 delegates from more than 80 countries attended the 5-day World Congress on Juvenile Justice in Geneva, the first such international meeting on this issue. Experts and representatives of civil society, governments and international organisations worked together to find better solutions for children and young people in conflict with the law, as well as child victims, and child witnesses. A final declaration was adopted.

The Federal Council deposited its instrument of ratification for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with the United Nations in New York on 30 January 2015. The Treaty will enter into force in Switzerland after a period of 90 days.

Federal vote of the 30. November 2014

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.