The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC)

The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) is the department for federal infrastructure and environmental matters. It has been headed since November 2010 by Doris Leuthard.

Head of DETEC Doris Leuthard. (Photograph: Vanina Moreillon - Inédit Publications)

Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard

Doris Leuthard was born on 10 April 1963. She studied law at the University of Zurich, during which time she spent some time in Paris and Calgary. Ms Leuthard later worked as a partner in a legal practice. She is married.

From 1999 to 2006 Doris Leuthard was a member of the National Council for the canton of Aargau. From 2004 to 2006 she was president of the CVP.

Election to the Federal Council

On 14 June 2006 the Federal Assembly elected Doris Leuthard to the Federal Council. From August 2006 to October 2010 she headed the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (FDEA, now EAER). Since 1 November 2010 Ms Leuthard has been head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC). She was president of the Swiss Confederation in 2010.  

The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC)

DETEC deals with infrastructure and environmental matters. Modern transport routes, communication networks and the power grid all fall under its remit. However, DETEC also deals with issues relating to the environment and health and safety. This concentration of user interests and protection interests under one roof can often create conflicting objectives. Decisions must therefore often be very carefully prepared.

DETEC facts and figures

Around 2'500 full- and part-time staff work at the DETEC.

In the 2015 budget the DETEC expects to have an annual expenditure of CHF 10,000 billion.

President Doris Leuthard

This year Doris Leuthard is not only the head of DETEC, her government department, but also president of the Swiss Confederation. The office is largely ceremonial. The president is ‘Primus inter pares’ or first among equals.  

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