The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER)

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) deals with matters relating to economic affairs, research and education. It has been headed since November 2010 by Johann N. Schneider-Ammann.

Head of EAER Johann N. Schneider-Ammann in his office.

Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann

Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann was born on 18 February 1952 in Sumiswald (BE).  He studied electrical engineering at the ETH Zurich, graduating in 1977. Mr Schneider-Ammann is married and has two grown-up children.

In 1981 Mr Schneider-Ammann joined the Langenthal machine manufacturing company belonging to the family of his wife, Katharina. In 1990 he became president of the Ammann Group. From 1999 Mr Schneider-Ammann was president of Swissmem, the association of Swiss of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and metalworking industries; he has also been vice president of the Swiss Business Federation economiesuisse.

Election to the Federal Council

Johann N. Schneider-Ammann was an FDP National Councillor from 1999 to 2010. On 22 September 2010 the Federal Assembly elected him to the Federal Council. He has been head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) since 1 November 2010.

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER)

The EAER deals with economic affairs and trade policy, including agricultural policy. It is also responsible for education, research and innovation. Further areas such as housing are also part of its remit.

EAER facts and figures

Around 2,500 full- and part-time staff work at the EAER.

In the 2015 budget the EAER predicts an annual expenditure of CHF 12,216 billion.

Last modification 30.12.2016

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