The Federal Department of Finance (FDF) mainly deals with the state budget and tax matters. It has been headed since January 2016 by Ueli Maurer.
Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer
Ueli Maurer was born on 1 December 1950 and grew up in Hinwil (ZH). Following his apprenticeship as a commercial clerk he worked in agriculture, and was manager of an agricultural cooperative for twenty years. From 1994 to 2008 he was head of the Zurich Farmers Association. Mr Maurer is married and has six children. In 1983 Ueli Maurer was elected onto the Zurich cantonal parliament. In 1991 he gained a seat on the National Council, and between 1996 and 2008 he was president of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP).
Election to the Federal Council
On 10 December 2008 the Federal Assembly elected Ueli Maurer to the Federal Council. From 2009 to 2015 he headed the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS). On 5 December 2012 the Federal Assembly elected Mr Maurer as president of the Swiss Confederation for 2013. Since 1 January 2016 he has been head of the Federal Department of Finance.
The Federal Department of Finance (FDF)
The FDF deals with a wide range of tasks, including the federal budget, both national and international finance, monetary and tax matters, customs and merchandise control and the implementation of legislation on alcohol. It also provides services for the whole of the Federal Administration, from IT to human resources, infrastructure and logistics.
FDF facts and figures
Around 9,500 full- and part-time staff work at the FDF.
In the 2015 budget the FDF predicts expenditure of CHF 16,229 billion.
The President of the Confederation Ueli Maurer
This year Ueli Maurer is not only the head of FDF, his government department, but also president of the Swiss Confederation. The office is largely ceremonial. The president is ‘Primus inter pares’ or first among equals.
Last modification 21.12.2018