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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

Anlässlich des Arbeitsbesuchs von Bundespräsident Didier Burkhalter heute Donnerstag in Paris hat der französische Staatspräsident François Hollande die Einladung des Bundesrates angenommen, der Schweiz einen Staatbesuch abzustatten. Der Besuch wird 2015 stattfinden. Die beiden Präsidenten haben in ihren Gesprächen die Situation des Flughafens Basel-Mulhouse erörtert. Sowohl Didier Burkhalter als auch François Hollande haben die Bedeutung des binationalen Charakters des Flughafens für die gesamte Region betont.

Bank-like structures in the credit market such as hedge funds, other funds and leasing companies, so-called shadow banks, play a substantially smaller role in Switzerland than international publications had assumed up to now in rough estimates. This is indicated in a new, specific case study on Switzerland which is contained in the annual report published today by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) on shadow banking.

Empa toxicologist Harald Krug has lambasted his colleagues in the journal Angewandte Chemie. He evaluated several thousand studies on the risks associated with nanoparticles and discovered no end of shortcomings: poorly prepared experiments and results that don’t carry any clout. Instead of merely leveling criticism, however, Empa is also developing new standards for such experiments within an international network.

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.