Presidential year 2022

The President of the Swiss Confederation in 2022 is Ignazio Cassis from the canton of Ticino. He was elected on 8 December 2021.

Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation, and Alain Berset, Vice President of the Federal Council, in the National Council chamber (Photo: Peter Klaunzer, Keystone)

The president’s department in 2022 is the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The last time it had that honour was in 2014 when Didier Burkhalter was president.

The vice president of the Federal Council in 2022 is Alain Berset. He heads the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA).


"In times of crisis caused by the pandemic, we need to rethink the reasons that unite us: the pluralism of cultures and ideas is the engine that drives us to get back on our feet and find new solutions together.”

(Excerpt from the speech given by Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis before the United Federal Assembly on his election as President of the Swiss Confederation for 2022)

Speeches given by the president and information about events attended are published on the website of his department, the Federal Department of of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).


Presidential Year 2021: President of the Swiss Confederation Guy Parmelin


Presidential Year 2019: President of the Swiss Confederation Ueli Maurer


Presidential Year 2018: President of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset


Presidential Year 2017: President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard


Presidential Year 2016: President of the Swiss Confederation Johann N. Schneider-Ammann 


Presidential Services Unit

At the start of 2015 a Presidential Services Unit was established in the Federal Chancellery to help the department of the president with organising the president’s year. The unit was established by parliamentary decision on 28 September 2012, and its legal basis can be found in the Government and Administration Organisation Act.

The unit assists the current president’s department with any extra tasks during the presidential year. It brings under one roof the services which have been provided for some time by the Federal Chancellery and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The core role of the Presidential Services Unit is to advise the president on foreign policy. This was formerly done by the Presidential Affairs section in the FDFA's State Secretariat. Prior to that, a diplomat was seconded to the president’s department. Parliament and the government expect the Presidential Services Unit to bring together experience, knowledge and contacts to create an institutional ‘memory’ – to ensure continuity and efficiency.

Last modification 30.06.2022

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