The tasks

Governing

Governing

The most important task of the Federal Council is to govern. It continually assesses the current situation, determines the objectives of state governance and the means of achieving them, oversees their implementation and represents the Swiss Confederation both at home and abroad. 

Leading

Leading

Federal councillors have a dual function: they are members of the government and thus jointly responsible for governing the country, and at the same time they head a government department and represent its work before the Council.

Decision-making

Decision-making

Leaders have to make decisions. The Federal Council deals with about 2,500 items of business a year. These mainly involve items of information and draft legislation presented to parliament. The Federal Council takes decisions at its meetings.

 

Looking ahead

Looking ahead

Strategic planning and assessment are important aspects of the Federal Council’s work. It also ensures that tasks are carried out and that objectives are met.


 

Informing

Informing

The meetings of the Federal Council are not open to the public. However, following each meeting the Federal Council publishes detailed information about its decisions.



 

Term of office

The members of the Federal Council are elected by the Federal Assembly. The term of office is four years and they can be re-elected. Federal councillors decide themselves when they wish to retire from government.  

Last modification 15.01.2016

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